Recruiters: Job Seekers Exaggerate About Their Skills and Experience

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According to Top Echelon Network, an elite network of highly specialized search firms, half of recruiters believe that job seekers exaggerate about their skills or experience over 30% of the time.

Top Echelon Network, an elite network of highly specialized search firms

Top Echelon Network is an elite network of highly specialized search firms.

Of course, 30% represents the low end of the spectrum, as outlined by this poll. The actual rate at which half of the recruiters believe job seekers exaggerate could be even higher than that.

People exaggerate in their quest to find a new job—that’s always been the case. But how often is that the case, especially in a job market that’s as challenging as this one?

According to a recent poll conducted by Top Echelon Network, an elite network of highly specialized search firms, half of recruiters believe that job seekers exaggerate over 30% of the time.

As part of that poll, Top Echelon Network asked the following question of its Preferred Member recruiters: “How often do candidates exaggerate about their skills or experience?”

The most popular response was “More often than I care to think about,” which garnered 37% of the vote.

Next was “Over 30% of the time,” chosen by 15% of poll participants. Also claiming 15% of the vote was “Between 20% and 30% of the time.”

“In the way this poll was constructed, ‘More often than I care to think about’ denotes a rate of even more than 30%,” said Top Echelon Network Membership Coordinator Drea Codispoti, CPC/CERS. “The percentage of recruiters choosing that answer, combined with the percentage choosing ‘Over 30% of the time,” means that half of the recruiters who participated in this poll believe job seekers exaggerate over 30% of the time.

“Of course, 30% represents the low end of the spectrum, as outlined by this poll. The actual rate at which half of the recruiters believe job seekers exaggerate could be even higher than that.”

A little over 20% of poll participants believe that job seekers exaggerate between “20% and 30% of the time,” and 12.3% chose “Less than 10% of the time” as their answer.

Top Echelon Network was founded in 1988 in Canton, Ohio.

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