It is an integral part of the selection process to put in place stringent practices, to eliminate unsuitable candidates, supported with thorough checks. And whilst this candidate tried to justify her reason for lying about her qualification as the grade was not representative of her ability, it does raise the question of her integrity. HR professionals / Recruiters have a duty to protect the business and it's reputation, and its clients / customers by validating facts.
A University of the West of England law graduate has been suspended from practising law for 18 months and fined £3,000 after saying she received a 2:1 degree result instead of a 2:2, according to Legal Cheek. The ruling should serve as a cautionary tale to recruiters. The screening process should be impermeable to candidate deception – whether intentional or otherwise – as errors could now have severe repercussions. Anna Goodwin marked up her degree to secure an interview at the Army Legal Services (ALS) for the position of Legal Advisor. According to the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal, the job advertisement specified that applicants had “completed a qualifying degree, normally 2:1 or above.” Goodwin amended her CV to match the criteria. However, upon a request by ALS to see her certificate she phoned the company’s recruitment department to justify her decision.