Check People Out

Written By Liz Thornhill

Liz has worked in recruitment since 2001 and regularly writes articles addressing recruitment and staffing issues in relevant publications.

People lie on their CVs (not all, not always).

They call it embellishing.
I call it lying. πŸ€₯

And because embellishing is seen as so innocuous, people aren’t scared of doing it. And we don’t always check for it.

Intelligent, perceptive, detailed people 𝘴𝘡π˜ͺ𝘭𝘭 have the wool pulled over their eyes.

My suspicious nature developed around the time of my ‘Cracker,’ obsession (Robbie Coltrane πŸ’–).

The internet has become the space within which you can ‘dress-up’ everything you’ve ever done. An embellisher’s dream.

So, before you jump headfirst into that business deal or make/accept that job offer, you might want to ask yourself ‘what would Cracker do?’ πŸ€”

(Or Columbo if you’re much older than me πŸ‘΅)

Before you do business with anyone check out their company/ies.

Sources like Companies House show up inconsistencies. Check business names, individual names, startup dates. Have several of their companies gone into liquidation owing money?

Check people for public information. Have they ever attacked a security guard at your local Tesco? Have they been arrested for fraud? Are they a member of any hate groups?
Β Is there a smokescreen…

  •  ☠ Eleventy million LinkedIn followers πŸ’²
  •  ☠ LinkedIn profile ✈
  • ☠ Fancy website 🀳

If you think it won’t happen to you because you expect everyone to share your values, then I can highly recommend reading anything by Robert Greene.

P.S. You do need a policy in place to ensure that you’re operating within the law. Even public information can be protected by privacy laws. I’m not a solicitor. Or a criminal psychologist (sorry Robbie πŸ˜₯)

P.P.S All of the above are real examples. Any resemblance to real people in the picture below is purely coincidental πŸ‘Ό

And we don’t always check for it.