Journal of Business and Psychology

, Volume 34, Issue 1, pp 87–106 | Cite as

Assessing Intentional Resume Deception: Development and Nomological Network of a Resume Fraud Measure

  • Christine A. HenleEmail author
  • Brian R. Dineen
  • Michelle K. Duffy
Original Paper


Resume fraud is pervasive and has detrimental consequences, but researchers lack a way to study it. We develop and validate a measure for empirically investigating resume misrepresentations purposely designed to mislead recruiters. In study 1, an initial set of items designed to measure three theorized resume fraud dimensions (fabrication, embellishment, omission) are rated for content validity. In study 2, job seekers complete the measure and its factor structure is evaluated. In study 3, another sample of job seekers is surveyed to verify the measure’s factor structure and to provide evidence regarding construct validity. In study 4, working adults who recently conducted a job search are surveyed to determine which individuals are more likely to commit resume fraud and whether resume fraud relates to critical work behaviors. We confirm the three-factor structure of our measure and offer evidence of construct validity by showing that socially desirable responding, Machiavellianism, moral identity, conscientiousness, emotional stability, and agreeableness are related to resume fraud. Additionally, we find that resume fraud predicts reduced job performance and increased workplace deviance beyond deceptive interviewing behavior. Resume fraud is rarely studied despite the negative impact it can have on job-related outcomes. Researchers can use this measure to explore further the antecedents and outcomes of resume fraud and to advise recruiters on how to minimize it. We develop a measure focusing on intentional resume misrepresentations designed to deceive recruiters. This is one of the first studies to examine the antecedents and outcomes of resume fraud.


Scale development Resume fraud Job search Lying 



We thank Dan Ganster and Ray Hogler for their helpful comments on an earlier version of this paper, Jacquelyn Thompson for her editorial assistance, and Victoria Mattingly for her help with data collection.

Funding Information

A grant from the SHRM Foundation provided funding for this project.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Christine A. Henle
    • 1
    Email author
  • Brian R. Dineen
    • 2
  • Michelle K. Duffy
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of ManagementColorado State UniversityFort CollinsUSA
  2. 2.Krannert School of ManagementPurdue UniversityWest LafayetteUSA
  3. 3.Carlson School of ManagementUniversity of MinnesotaMinneapolisUSA

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