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03.10.2019 : News

How to verify the authenticity of a candidate’s diploma for a position in Canada

Education is generally a very important factor for recruiters in a job selection process. After all, applicants acquire the knowledge and many of the skills necessary to perform a job during their academic training.

This makes it crucial for hiring managers to check the authenticity of the diplomas mentioned in the job applications they deem interesting. But how do you do this?

Performing an education check is now essential

Every year, thousands of job applicants lie in various ways about their academic background.  Moreover, most recruiters agree that about 10% of people lie about the diplomas they have earned in their CVs, in particular by stating that they have graduated from a program that has not really been completed or by mentioning a diploma that has questionable legitimacy.

Uncover candidates who lie about their academic background

An education verification begins by contacting the institution attended by the candidate. Employees working in college and university registrars and administrative offices have the necessary information for the verification.

If the candidate lied and did not complete their training or never undertook any studies, those with access to the former students’ files will only have to check their databases to find out.

Detecting diplomas obtained from a “diploma mill”

While some candidates invent fake academic backgrounds, others will indeed graduate, but from an institution with questionable credibility. In recent years, there has been an increase in the number of “diploma mills“, distributing many phony diplomas in exchange for money.

When conducting an academic background check, it is therefore essential to verify the authenticity of the educational institution that the candidate claims to have attended.

Verify the legitimacy of training received abroad

The labour needs of companies can sometimes lead them to consider candidates from outside the country.

In these cases, it is clearly important to ensure that the candidate has the required credentials and that they have been issued by a reputable institution, but also that the training received is on par with training provided by Canadian institutions.

The terms used to describe equivalent levels of training can differ from one country to another, which can lead to confusion for recruiters. Also, even if a candidate previously held a position in their field of study, there is no guarantee that they possess the skills to hold the same position in Canada.

Contact Mintz Global Screening to validate a candidate’s diploma

In conclusion, the complexity and time involved in validating a candidate’s diploma is often underestimated.

This is why Mintz Global Screening offers companies personalized support in their recruitment process for new employees. By providing recruiters with timely and detailed reports on the academic background of their candidates, companies can ensure that their most interesting prospects truly possess the diplomas and qualifications mentioned in their CV.

Contact Mintz Global Screening now to optimize your hiring process.


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