Guide To Spotting A Phony Applicant From A Mile Away

Guide To Spotting A Phony Applicant From A Mile Away

Guide To Spotting A Phony Applicant From A Mile Away

One of the quickest ways to grow your business to the 6 or 7 figure level is to use effective systems, and to surround yourself with a winning team like we have here at Team Systemize.ly.

The problem is that in the modern job market there are barriers to building your own winning team that I’ll nicely call “phony baloney applicants”.

These applicants are masters of deception that can pull the wool over the average business owners eyes in a jiffy.

Luckily for you, you have access to this blog post which means that you’ll be fully equipped with a power-packed strategy to put you in a position to spot these tricksters from a mile away!

This way you won’t be blind or average, AND you’ll be one step closer to building both the team and the business of your dreams.

With that in mind, let’s get to work so that we can transform you into a “job applicant sleuth”!

So What Does a Phony Applicant Look Like Anyway???

A phony applicant looks a whole lot like a genuine applicant, however there are generally some loop holes in both their appearance, their stories and their references.

If you’ve been fooled in the past, don’t blame yourself because employment fraud happens to both rookie and veteran business owners a like.

The good news is that when you follow the guidelines that you’re about to receive, it won’t be so easy for a “phony baloney applicant” to trojan horse his/her way into your business during the hiring process.

Here’s How To Protect Yourself From Phony Applicants

The following areas are common ways that phony applicants will attempt to deceive both you and your business. It’s highly advisable that you take these protective measures and implement them into you’re hiring process immediately!

Deception #1 – Using Fake Diploma and Transcripts

Phoney job applicants are fully aware that most naive employers will gladly accept a photocopy of an applicants degree or a copy of their transcripts.

Because of this, they gladly use/create fake documents to beat the system with a smile.

To protect your business from these career-hunting con-artists, follow these best-practices:

* Have your applicant sign a form that certifies that both their resume and their transcripts are the genuine article.

* Request that the actual institution ships the documents to you and check to see if the school uses it’s official seal on the envelope, that the contents are fully intact and the envelope has not been tampered or doctored in anyway, and that the address on the envelope matches where it was actually sent from.

Deception #2 – Fake Enthusiasm

Both employees and employers have bills to pay. Because of this dilemma, many desperate employees will fake their enthusiasm to land a job that will pay their bills until the real job that they actually want comes knocking at their door.

To protect yourself from these type of job-seeking predators, it’s highly encouraged that you follow these practical ways to protect your business:

* One of the best ways to spot fake enthusiasm is discovering if they actually know anything about your company. If they truly were enthusiastic about working for your business, then chances are that they would invest some serious time into knowing what the mission and vision of your company actually is.

* When asking questions, be sure to get to the heart of the situation by cutting through generic answers and finding the real reasons why they want to work for your company. If all that comes out of your applicants mouth is fluff without substance, then chances are they will provide you a similar result in the work that they produce for you.

My advice in this scenario is to cut them loose, and to move onto someone who truly believes in your mission.

* If the applicant sounds to good to be true, discover professionally exactly how your position will enhance their career. If they can’t give you a straight answer, it’s safe to say that this applicant is simply buying time till the next door opens for them.

My advice is simple – cut this person loose unless they can give you some solid explanations of why or how your company could have a mutually beneficial relationship by working together.

Deception #3 – Fake Job History References On Resume

Due to the popular belief that there is a scarcity of jobs, many people are willing to create phony job history references on their resume in order to create a believable work history to help them secure a new position.

While it’s understandable that a desperate applicant would do this, you as an employer don’t have to openly welcome such a applicant into your business.

Here are some specific steps that you can take to protect your business against this type of desperate job applicant:

* Perform a Google search to see if the company that they work for actually exists or has existed in the past. If it doesn’t, changes are you may be dealing with a fraudulent job reference.

* If you sense that an applicant is fabricating their employment, then contact the company directly to verify that the applicant actually worked there. If you’re not sure who to ask, chances are you can find the answer you’re looking for in the HR dept.

* If the applicant makes it to the interview process, look for specific details on their positions that confidently demonstrate that they actually did that job. The more vague their responses, the higher the probability that they have something to hide.

* If something doesn’t seem right, chances are it’s not!


Tell Those Phony Applicants To Hit The Road And Never Come Back

Congratulations – you now officially have access to Team Systemize.ly’s Guide To Spotting A Phony Applicant From A Mile Away.

If you’re serious about building a winning team, then the strategies that you learned today will certainly give you the edge.

…And since we’re on the topic of giving you the edge, be sure to leave a comment below explaining which particular technique you feel will help you the most, and what type of content that you’d love to see next from Team Systemize.ly

Talk Soon,
Michael James
Team Systemize.ly

 

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