This Element is an excerpt from The Truth About Hiring the Best (9780132381864) by Cathy Fyock. Available in print and digital formats. How to ferret out and avoid "scam-didates": job candidates who flat-out lie about their credentials and experience. The candidate you're interviewing appears to have everything--the right background, perfect experience, and all the credentials you're looking for. But it's too good to be true. And this is about more than just spin: It's outright lying. Statistics reveal that nearly 36% of applications are falsified!