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The Big Book of HR, Revised and Updated Edition by Cornelia Gamlem, Barbara Mitchell

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Making a Hiring Decision

George O’Leary was hired to fill the position of head football coach at Notre Dame. He described this as his “dream job,” yet he resigned after only five days when it was uncovered that for years he had lied about his background. It turns out that he did not have a master’s degree from New York University and he had not been a star college football player. If high-profile people lie about their background, you can be sure other people do as well.

According to Richard Paul and Michael Fox, attorneys who spoke at the 7th Annual Labor and Employment Law Advanced Practices Symposium in 2011, there are actually websites that show applicants how to lie on their resume because, as it says on one site, “Everyone else is doing ...

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