An educational experience tends to be one of the most frequently falsified pieces of information on a resume. When performing a background check, it is important to look into criminal and employment history, as well as verifying degrees and certificates obtained at educational institutions. Most high schools will confirm attendance and a graduation date over the phone or via email with the appropriate authorization form, but many higher education institutions use online databases to store their enrollment and graduation information. Qualified background screeners can help alleviate the time it would take to call multiple educational institutions by accessing these websites and collecting accurate degree and enrollment information.

Allowing qualified background screeners to do employment verifications for you will help in narrowing down applicants who have obtained false degrees through one of many diploma mills available online. These websites allow student to get a quick “education” for around $200. This gives a potential applicant a quick and easy degree, hoping that you won’t take the time to ensure their degree as properly obtained and accurate. Check out Colby the Cat’s experience, who received an MBA, here.

Education verifications are what makes one applicant stand out from the rest, so including them on your background check is necessary.

Key benefits of education verifications include:

  • Confirms accurate education claims of applicant
  • Higher excellence within applicants and coworkers
  • Increases the quality of applicants

While lying on a resume can run from entry level positions to higher management, it is important to be thorough and accurate when inquiring into an applicant’s past, so make sure you are combing through every aspect of their history and ensuring their education is number one.


By: Sarah Masa-Myers