Education Verification is Trickier Than it Seems

Thanks to education verification you won’t have to guess whether or not an applicant’s PhD, master’s or even bachelor’s degree is legitimate or not. A background check through Victig will not only check past employment, salary and dates, but will also verify your applicant’s education and degrees. Unlike other background check companies that use a database to check their information, Victig goes right to the source, ensuring that your information is accurate and up-to-date.

You may wonder if this is even necessary. Would someone be so brazen as to lie about a degree? Shockingly, the answer is yes. Nearly one-third of applicants lie about their education background and degree (or the lack thereof). With such a high concentration of applicants falsifying some aspect of their education, Victig doesn’t leave anything up to chance. Victig will contact the registrar’s office to verify degrees obtained, date of completion, and areas of study.

If a company does end up hiring an employee with a fake degree, there could be serious repercussions for the company. The company’s reputation could take a hit, especially if the employee in question held a high ranking position and the media catches wind of the incident. The company could also face litigation if the employee were in a position of trust or safety (such as an accountant or health professional). The embarrassment and potential problems are just not worth taking a risk—always verify an applicant’s education.

Many companies conduct their own background checks, but sometimes discovering a fake degree is trickier than it seems. A fake degree is no longer just a lie on a resume, but often backed up by false documents and proof. Diploma mills provide diplomas, references, transcripts, websites, and even phone numbers for the express purpose of tricking companies calling to verify degrees. Diploma mills are rampant in the United States. Research discovered that 457 LinkedIn members had fake diplomas listed from just one diploma mill.

Don’t leave your company’s reputation up to chance. Make sure that the employees you hire are qualified for their positions by always running a background check through Victig.