Liar, Liar, Pants on Fire! An Employer’s Guide to Effective Resume Verification

Resume Lies

Is that resume in your hand the real deal? Or is it peppered with white lies – or even more serious inaccuracies such as falsified academic credentials or a fabricated work history?

To ensure your Mr. or Ms. Perfect isn’t really a Pinocchio in disguise, tune in on Wednesday, June 18, 2014 at 2:00 PM Eastern to “Liar, Liar, Pants on Fire: An Employer’s Guide to Effective Resume Verification,” a complimentary webinar from EmployeeScreenIQ.

Our lie-busting panel of experts includes our own Nick Fishman and Jason Morris along with special guests, Craig Caddell, vice president of Reference Pro and Karen Jones, CPP, senior analyst with Wegman’s.

Resume Lies

In our one hour session, you’ll learn:

  • How liars slip through the cracks—even at the highest levels
  • Why it’s absolutely critical to confirm candidate qualifications
  • The right way to verify information from resumes and references
  • The most notorious diploma mills and why they continue to flourish
  • If and how to confront a candidate who has lied

Our Panelists:


Jason Morris, President & Chief Operating Officer, EmployeeScreenIQ


Nick Fishman, Executive VP, Chief Marketing Officer, EmployeeScreenIQ

Karen Jones

Karen Jones, CPP, Senior Analyst, Wegman’s


Craig Caddell, Vice President, ReferencePro


Resume Lies

Are Employers Adapting to EEOC Guidance on Employment Background Checks?

Nearly 600 human resources professionals opened up to EmployeeScreenIQ about how they use employment background checks to make hiring decisions and their candid feedback is detailed in our just-released, fifth annual survey of U.S. based employers. The new report looks at how companies manage the process of employment screening, their practices concerning Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA), Equal Opportunity Employment Commission (EEOC) guidance, candidates’ self-disclosure of criminal records and how they address adverse findings.

In the past few years, the EmployeeScreenIQ Trends Survey has become a benchmark many employers use to evaluate their background screening policies and practices. This year’s survey provides a unique cross-section of opinions and insights from an assortment of organizations and is a must-read for HR professionals that want to learn about what their industry peers are doing.

Today, we’d like to analyze how employers are adapting to the 2012 EEOC guidance on employers’ use of criminal background checks. Continue reading Are Employers Adapting to EEOC Guidance on Employment Background Checks?

6/22/2014 Meet EmployeeScreenIQ's Background Screening Experts at the Annual SHRM Conference

The SHRM 2014 Annual Conference is drawing close, once again. Please visit EmployeeScreenIQ at Booth #2483 at SHRM, Sunday, June 22nd through Tuesday the 24th. Let our experts assess your employment background screening program and be entered to win 1 of 25 Kindle Fire HD tablets.

Why Black Workers Should Celebrate Employment Drug Testing

Drug Testing, Employment Background Checks

Earlier this week, I read an interesting study on employers’ use of substance abuse tests as a hiring tool and how they impact minorities. According to the study conducted by Notre Dame labor economist, Abigail Wozniak, in states where testing is prevalent due to supportive laws, black employment increased between 7% and 30%, and wages for black workers increased by between 1.4% and 13%. Bluntly, this means that fewer minorities, in this case African-Americans failed drug tests and as a result were hired at an increased rate than if they hadn’t been tested. Continue reading Why Black Workers Should Celebrate Employment Drug Testing

Meet the Employment Background Check Experts at the SHRM 2014 Annual Conference

SHRM at the Orange County Convention Center


Will you be at the SHRM 2014 Annual Conference and Exposition in Orlando, Florida?

The SHRM 2014 Annual Conference is drawing close, once again. In just over a month, you can visit EmployeeScreenIQ at Booth #2483 at SHRM, Sunday, June 22nd through Tuesday the 24th. Let our experts assess your employment background screening program and be entered to win 1 of 25 Kindle Fire HD tablets.

Meet Our Experts

Sure, things are okay (sort of) with your current background screening provider, but maybe you could do better. EmployeeScreenIQ invites you to meet us at the SHRM 2014 Annual Conference in Orlando and let our experts assess your background screening program.

Each of our experts has decades of experience in the employment background screening marketplace and has worked with numerous clients in all sorts of industries. Be sure to email us at with at least two dates and times you’re available during the conference to meet with our experts and we’ll follow-up to confirm your appointment.

And when you stop by our booth, you will be entered to win 1 of 25 Kindle Fire HD tablets–well worth a few moments of your time.



Putting Background Checks to the Test: 4 Best Practices for Better Screening in Education

Background Checks in Education

Nearly every week another news story pops up related to background checks in schools—particularly related to the need for improvement. While background checks in the education industry are standardized by state, the question is not whether or not background checks are in place, but rather how comprehensive they are.

Although each state has its own requirements for school background checks, there’s a false sense of security that comes with them. Many states require academic institutions—from preschools to universities (both public and private)—to only conduct a statewide or fingerprint background check. Because of this, many schools are making hiring decisions based on less-than-accurate results. Continue reading Putting Background Checks to the Test: 4 Best Practices for Better Screening in Education

5/19/2014 Graduation Season is Upon Us: Expect Delays for Education Verifications

With graduation season upon us, we wanted to update you on a trend we’ve been seeing over the last few years: universities, colleges and high schools are taking longer to update their records with recent graduates.

We find that most academic institutions are caught up by mid-summer and while this doesn’t affect all schools, it is important for employers to prepare for potential delays.

As always, we will keep you apprised of these delays and proactively communicate with you if you are affected.

5/16/2014 More Employment Background Check Delays in Oregon

Last week, we were informed that court research in Multnomah County, Oregon would be unavailable until they completed their data migration to a new court records system on May 27th.  Today, we found out that several over counties (see list below) in the state of Oregon are following suit and will be closed from Friday, May 16th through Friday, May 23rd.

Unfortunately, there are no there are no reliable alternatives to complete criminal background checks in these affected counties.  Anyone requesting employment background checks in these affected areas should prepare for delays.  All such requests will be submitted as soon as the courts reopen.

  • Benton
  • Clatsop
  • Columbia
  • Crook
  • Jackson
  • Jefferson
  • Linn
  • Multnomah
  • Polk
  • Tillamook
  • Yamhill

5/22/2014 Experts Connection Webinar: Screening Job Candidates via Social Media: Reckless Practice or Savvy Strategy?

EmployeeScreenIQ’s chief marketing officer and executive vice president, Nick Fishman, will be leading an Expert Connection webinar for NetShare on Thursday, May 22, 2014 at 2:00 PM EST entitled “Screening Job Candidates via Social Media: Reckless Practice or Savvy Strategy?”.  Those interested in attending can register here.

Employers (and recruiters) face a dilemma – should they use social media to build and screen the job candidate pool? With lawsuits threatening employers/recruiters that use social media inappropriately, what should you do?

Sites such as LinkedIn, Facebook and Twitter (three of the most ubiquitous), not to mention a basic search engine like Google can offer a trove of information about candidates – the jobs they’ve held, endorsements and criticisms from past employers, political and religious affiliations, the list goes on and on. And then there are the photographs and video clips. All of these sources can be powerful tools for learning about job candidates. But employers are conflicted on whether to use these tools for screening purposes – and they should be. The potential risks and legal ramifications are profound.

This webinar addresses three essential legal concerns: privacy, discrimination and accuracy. And for those that lean toward using this practice, we provide the seven do’s and don’ts of social media screening in building that candidate pool. With differing views on this trend, this webinar will speak to both sides and help you answer the question …do the rewards outweigh the risks when screening candidates on social media?

In this 90 minute webinar you will learn:

  • The use of social media in the HR world.
  • The essential legal considerations for social media screening.
  • Seven dos & don’ts for employers who want to use it.
  • The risks if your company does not use social media.
  • The benefits of using social sites for screening candidates.
  • How to remain an employer of choice.
  • Best practices for your company.

About the Speaker:                                                                       

Nick Fishman co-founded EmployeeScreenIQ in 1999 and serves as the company’s Chief Marketing Officer and Executive Vice President.  He is the chief pioneer and architect of Employee Screen University, a first of its kind online, educational learning resource for human resource, security and risk-management professionals.  He is also a frequent speaker on industry issues including: New Technologies in Employment Screening, Best Practices and Industry Trends.  Nick holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from The Ohio State University and is a licensed private investigator in the states of Ohio and Texas.

Click here for more information about this webinar.