The Truth

Recruitment. The need for truth and honesty.

The primary thrust of this article is how imperative it is that all parties tell the truth in the hiring process. The article argues that any small short term gains are trumped by long term damage to reputation or efficiency. It goes into detail primarily for the job seeker, the employee seeker, and recruiters.

First, when it comes to the job seeker, or would-be employee, truth is important for overall career prospects. Embellishment of a resume could lead to being hired, but either the seeker or employer realizing the candidate is under-prepared and inexperienced, leading to extra resources for training them to the necessary standard, or termination of employment. In some cases, such termination can be unjustified and leave the individual in a difficult position. Navigating unjustified sudden job termination requires understanding your rights, seeking legal counsel if necessary, and actively pursuing new opportunities while maintaining a professional reputation. Further, it will hurt your short and long term job prospects with a poor reputation, which will follow the seeker in future job searches. Second, for someone seeking employees, or the employer, the issue of overqualified candidates being hired is the main factor. Since the overqualified candidates come in expecting more substantial work, they have a greater chance of becoming dissatisfied and leaving the position. This would ¬†increase employee turnover rates and possibly leading to a negative reputation among job seekers and recruiters. Finally, recruiters have a strong incentive to be truthful, as their presence in the industry is reliant on their reputation. If employers find out they’ve been deceptive in promoting candidates for hire, they will swiftly lose clients. Thus any dishonesty will eventually harm their bottom line.

In short, truth is vital for all the major players in the search for employment, and lying will achieve only short term gains, with long term detriments to reputation and employ-ability for recruiters and job seekers, and higher employee turnover for employee seekers.

Steve Blythe  (Recruitment and Social Media Commentator).


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