Knowing the trends:
Before you even interview the candidate, take a long hard look at the resume. A few top trends that can help you decide to steer clear of a candidate include:
- No resume gaps: resumes representing no gaps in employment or between contracts should raise alarm bells. In this industry, it is very hard to never have a gap in a resume because the nature of our industry is that studies are cancelled or put on hold, enrollment just doesn’t happen, funding for the study is lost, etc. Because of the “start / stop” phenomena we all love about this industry, a resume with no gaps is immediately unusual.
- The resume contains several companies which are no longer in existence: We do understand that companies go out of business, are acquired or merge with other organizations; however, when individuals list many of these companies on their resume, you should dig deeper. Being able to verify the candidate really worked at these companies can be a challenge…and is sometimes impossible.
- Fake companies: If you haven’t heard of a Sponsor or CRO listed on the applicant’s resume, it may not be real. We have identified several fake companies consistently used by these fraudsters and most of them have websites. Trust your instincts and industry knowledge.
The professionals we are usually interested in working with are the ones either gainfully employed or already in a contract. They speak to us because there is a logical reason for their interest in what we are offering such as an opportunity for career progression or potential for gaining a new skill.
In addition, we have our own history we can rely on. We keep all resumes submitted which can date back to 2008 so when we get a more updated resume from a candidate, we always compare. You would be surprised how often applicants change their employment history and being aware of this trend can help you steer clear of fraudulent candidates.