Goldman Sachs’ Applicant Contemplates Resume Fraud: Don’t Be A Liar

Nick Fishman

I typically don’t comment on content I read in online forums, but I saw this post on WallStreetOasis.com about a recent college grad who has accepted a position with Goldman Sachs, but must first submit to an employment background check before it’s official.  Unfortunately, he/she now realized that they inadvertently lied on their resume and is trying to decide whether to come clean prior to the background check. See below.

Hi I am a recent graduate who has gotten an offer from Goldman Sachs for full time position at Operations. I just received an official letter and it says that they will check my background, but what does background include here?
I’m not worried about my education, criminal or employment history, but on my resume, I put that I’m in the honor society which I found out I’m not officially in. I have been eligible to get in the honor society, and have filled out the application but apparently I totally forgot to pay the enrollment fee. I have attended a few events that the honor society held so I thought I was in. I can still apply to the honor society, but they will accept people only once a year so not sure if I can get in before GS does the background check.
Does anyone know if there is any way that GS can check whether I officially belong to the honor society? Or does GS even check it?
Please someone help me to figure this out.
I’m so worried about it and haven’t been able to sleep well…
Hi I am a recent graduate who has gotten an offer from Goldman Sachs for full time position at Operations. I just received an official letter and it says that they will check my background, but what does background include here?
I’m not worried about my education, criminal or employment history, but on my resume, I put that I’m in the honor society which I found out I’m not officially in. I have been eligible to get in the honor society, and have filled out the application but apparently I totally forgot to pay the enrollment fee. I have attended a few events that the honor society held so I thought I was in. I can still apply to the honor society, but they will accept people only once a year so not sure if I can get in before GS does the background check.
Does anyone know if there is any way that GS can check whether I officially belong to the honor society? Or does GS even check it?
Please someone help me to figure this out.

I’m so worried about it and haven’t been able to sleep well…

Here’s my advice.  Whether Goldman Sachs actually checks this information or not (and I’m quite certain they do) is immaterial.  This oversight on your resume is simply that until you realize it is false.  My recommendation would be to come clean and let them know the truth.  This is nothing more than a technicality and can be explained by addressing it ahead of time.  If they conduct the background check and find out otherwise, your oversight becomes a lie.  And even if that particular distinction would have no bearing on your employment prospects, the lie speaks volumes.

Just my two cents.

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Nick Fishman is the co-founder of EmployeeScreenIQ, a leading, global employment background screening provider, and serves as the company’s executive vice president and chief marketing officer. He pioneered the creation of EmployeeScreen University, the #1 educational resource on employment background checks for human resources, security and risk management professionals. A recognized industry expert, Nick is a frequent author, presenter and contributor to the news media. Nick is also a licensed private investigator in the states of Ohio and Texas.
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