Executives: Making It by Faking It

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Executives: Making it by faking it Introduction This paper attempts to answer questions from a BusinessWeek case study which describes how job candidates, more specifically potential executives exaggerate and is some cases lie on resumes to get the job they want. In any leadership position which includes a position of authority where the candidate is responsible for operations, and key business decisions education and managerial track record are important. Executives are responsible for driving business decisions, managing people as well as budgets as are expected to behave honestly and ethically. If the candidate already falsifies documents such as a resume which ones hired is on file at the company they already create a SOX violation by knowing and having a falsified company document in house. A recent usatoday article details how resume padding is getting executives in trouble with board members who expect a higher caliber of people in leadership roles. (http://usatoday30.usatoday.com/money/companies/management/story/2012-05-14/ceo-firings/54964476/1) 2. If you are considering a candidate whose management track record is good, would it matter whether the candidate described his or her educational background accurately? Why or why not? What if the misrepresentations involved the candidate’s work history? Would your opinion change? Candidates are selected for the interview based on a resume of education and work history, in the selection process prior to a phone screening or face-to-face the resume is the foot in the door; if this information is padded then potentially other honest similarly qualified individuals is eliminated from the selection process based on falsely provided information. Overall a candidate may still be considered as a potential choice depending on how egregious the misrepresentation. A call maybe required to get further

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