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Background Check Expert Says Verification of Educational Credentials is an Important Part of Hiring


A verification of educational credentials and achievements is an important part of the hiring process since it “tells an employer a great deal about an applicant’s ability, qualifications, and motivation,” according to a background check expert interviewed for an article posted on the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM®) website.

“The verification of educational credentials is an important part of an employer’s decision-making process in hiring,” said Attorney Lester Rosen, founder and CEO of Employment Screening Resources® (ESR), a global background screening firm headquartered in the San Francisco Bay area, and author of The Safe Hiring Manual.

“Educational achievement tells an employer a great deal about an applicant’s ability, qualifications, and motivation. Many employers feel that educational qualifications are a critical factor in predicting success on the job,” said Rosen, who explained in the SHRM article that educational falsifications generally fall under one of three categories:

  • Outright fabrications such as making up degrees from schools the applicant never attended.

  • Reporting that a degree was earned from a school the applicant attended, though the applicant never completed the course work for the degree.

  • Reporting meaningless degrees of no value from nonaccredited schools, often referred to as “diploma mills.” “Diploma mills are generally defined as substandard or fraudulent colleges that offer potential students degrees with little or no serious work,” Rosen said. “Some are simple frauds, a mailbox to which people send money in exchange for paper that purports to be a college degree. Others require some nominal work from the student or a validation of life experience but do not require college-level course work that is normally required for a degree. The common denominator is that degree mills lack accreditation and therefore are not recognized as a legitimate provider of post-secondary education.” FULL ARTICLE