When looking at potential applicants, education is something employers always take into consideration. However, some applicants will list false information in order to make themselves appear to be a better candidate for a job. Companies want to hire trustworthy employees, so it’s important to verify that the applicant has actually completed the education they say they have. This is also important in situations in which knowledge gained through education is essential for the tasks required by the job.
There are a few different types of education verification, based on whether or not the college or university listed is well known. If the university is not well known, verification is needed to make sure the school is real as well as if the person in question did attend. If the university is well known, this first step is not necessary. While verifying, employers are able to find out all the information they need to make sure the applicant is being truthful. Employers can also inquire about whether or not the student obtained a degree from the school, if and when they graduated, the subject of their major, when they attended the school, and even their grade point average during their time of attendance.
These more specific verifications can be helpful to uncover applicants who may have attempted to enhance their qualifications as opposed to writing things that are explicitly false. For example, an applicant could change their area of study in an effort to be a better fit with the company. Though this may appear to be less of an offense than lying about whether they attended school at all, it is still potential for an untrustworthy employee. Companies need to put their best foot forward and education verification can help them make sure they are hiring the kind of employees they want to represent their company.