The Importance of Verifying Education
A surprising number of job applicants falsify their educational credentials. It is a widespread problem and many university registrars have been asked to verify education credentials which transpire to be false.
The latest and of course a big one here in New Zealand is that of Gerald Morton Shirtcliff, aka William Anthony Fisher who has no
In New Zealand high profile cases have been
* 2008: Former Immigration Service head Mary Anne Thompson falsely claimed she had a doctorate from the London School of Economics. She was sentenced to 100 hours’ community work and fined $10,000.
* 2002: Maori Television chief executive John Davy was sentenced to eight months in jail for falsifying his CV. He claimed to be a graduate of “Denver State University” – although no institution existed. No background check was carried out.
Leading law firm Hesketh Henry published a document which stated “Employers should avoid relying on the assumption that employees have the qualifications and experience they say they have. “
job applicants are willing to falsify their academic achievements because it places them at an advantage, many do not see this as cheating or fraud because they believe that no one will check.
Hiring unqualified personnel has its own costs in addition to recruiting and replacement costs the company is also faced with a loss of confidence from their customers who see them as being slack for not checking, this is especially relevant when the degree is a pre requisite to the job.
At Verisure we verify degrees and educational qualifications internationally and have found many suspicious documents.
It is far better to find out the facts before you take on the new employee , than to be caught hiring a fraudster your lively hood your reputation and also the lives of others could depend on verifying the credentials.
We are the only degree verifying agency in New Zealand and we attempt to verify degrees issued by any university in the world. Degree verification can be conducted as part of a comprehensive background screen or specifically for qualifications. We not only attempt to verify the existence of the degree but we seek to confirm that the person claiming the degree is the rightful recipient.