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Who Are You Really Hiring? 10 Shocking HR Statistics


Sometimes words can't do justice to the importance of pre-employment screening. The statistics below describe, in further detail, the kinds of workplace risks that pre-employment screening will help you avoid.

HR Statistics: False Information

1. 53% of all job applications contain inaccurate information.

2. 49% of the 3,100 hiring managers surveyed had caught a job applicant fabricating some part of his/her resume.

3. 34% of all application forms contain outright lies about experience, education, and ability to perform essential functions on the job.

4. 9% of job applicants falsely claimed they had a college degree, listed false employers, or identified jobs that didn't exist.

5. 11% of job applicants misrepresented why they left a former employer.

HR Statistics: Bad Hires

6. Negligent hiring cases have had verdicts costing up to $40 million.

7. The average settlement of a negligent hiring lawsuit is nearly $1 million.

8. Employers have lost more than 79% of negligent hiring cases.

9. It costs $7,000 to replace a salaried employee, $10,000 to replace a mid-level employee, and $40,000 to replace a senior executive.

10. The U.S. Department of Labor estimates that the average cost of a bad hiring decision can equal 30% of the first year’s potential earnings.

HR and Hiring Mangers - Tell us your story! Have you ever faced an issue like the ones above? Leave a comment below or let us know on Facebook and Twitter (#ProfilesBlog)

These 13 principles provide a comprehensive framework outlined by the United States Department of Labor for conducting an effective personnel assessment program.


*Sources: Survey (2008), Gurtin vs. Nurse Connection, et. Al. (2002), Human Resources Management (2008), Recruiting Times, Society of Human Resources Management (2003), Two Wrongs May Mean No Rights, by Barbara Kat Repa,, (2001), U.S. Department of Labor, Wall Street Journal (2003). 


Good day, 
Nice one. I am about adding "hiring right" to my portfolio. I had been talking to Joseph Neglia to partner with me in Nigeria. 
There's a huge market here and its emerging. I can open talks again with Joseph. 
Mercy Itama
Posted @ Wednesday, March 21, 2012 8:51 AM by Mercy Itama
EAS, this stuff you guys have here is some great stuff. I am struggling to get back on my feet to be able to start up and go into business on my own. This all is helping to strengthen my business savvy. Thank you guys!
Posted @ Wednesday, March 21, 2012 11:34 AM by Joseph Brown
I fully agree, I have had expereince with several of the statistical categories.
Posted @ Wednesday, March 21, 2012 3:22 PM by Claudine Allert
Hi Mr. Priolo, 
Just want to say this is really a pretty interesting series you've got here. The stats are incredible. 
We're definitely considering something like this at some point
Posted @ Thursday, March 22, 2012 1:22 PM by RB Roberts
Everyone - Thanks for all your comments! We love hearing from our readers.
Posted @ Thursday, March 22, 2012 2:03 PM by Aoife Gorey
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