Finding great employees - checking the CV

Finding great employees – checking the CV

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Finding great employees – checking the CV

Great employees are great assets. If your job is to evaluate applications to find to find the best candidate, you will know that what you see and hear isn’t always what you get. Here we look at some of the problems with resumes and interviews and offer some suggestions to overcome them.

Can you believe that resume?

The resume is a sales document designed to present the applicant in the best light and move them forward into an interview. There is a natural tendency to leave out negatives, and maybe embellish the truth a little.  Some go a lot further such as Andrew Flannigan who landed a $400k job with Myer based on a fake CV (The Age 2015)  or Jenifer Anne Reed who posed as a nurse for over five years using a namesake’s qualifications (The News 2015).  So, who do you believe?   Edgar  Allan Poe said it best “Believe nothing you hear, and only one half that you see.”

We suggested some checks in an earlier post Is That Reference Fake? and here is a great infographic from our friends at Live Recruitment in the UK.Top Cv Lies and how to spot them

2 thoughts on “Finding great employees – checking the CV

  1. Hi David,
    I am so impressed with your thoughts and knowledge of how employers and employees can work together for the best outcome – a happy prosperous business and healthy happy staff. I know it doesn’t always work out, but looks like you have the software that could minimise the bruising and maybe the world would be a happier place too!
    I have two questions:
    1. Is a contractor period (4months) counted as part of a 12 month period – Job Title Sales and Marketing Manager
    remains unchanged. Worked 13 months.
    2. What is an associated entity? Principal has 5 on payrole. Second Entity employs 18. Principal has investment and assets in Second Entity and Second Entity hold shares in Principal. Is that associated entity? The Second Entity is a page on the Principal’s website and does not have its own domain name.
    I sincerely appreciate you answering if you have the time.
    Best wishes Nikki

    1. Thanks Nikki, I hope I have helped some people along the way.

      To answer your questions:

      1. I think it would be hard to argue that the contractor period was separate, especially when it is the same job and title. It would depend on the terms of the contract and the nature of the relationship. A lot of contractor arrangements are considered to be a sham because they are really a contract of service (employment relationship). The Department of Industry, Innovation and Science has an Independent contractors decision tool which asks 16 questions to determine if it is a contractor or employment relationship. I suspect you will find that your Sales and Marketing Manager was never a contractor anyway. If you could definitely show that it was a contractor arrangement, and the contracts clearly separate the contractor and employment periods, you might be okay – you will definitely need a lawyer to advise on that! On the other hand, if your employee simply accepts that it was a separate period and doesn’t challenge the termination, you are okay too.
      2. Associated Entity can be complex but what you have described would appear to be associated entities. See this article for a good description Unfair dismissal; what is an associated entity. If you consider each of the sections and sub-sections and apply them to your situation, I think you will be able to determine if they are associated or not.

      Hope that helps,


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