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Another old-fashioned notion for these modern times, but we still administer validated civil service tests to make a cut on which applicants get interviewed. We have the same problem that Ms. Brindzak notes: too many applicants for too few positions. If we interviewed and conducted background checks on all of them we would never do anything else with our time. While the problem with overrrated applications or resumes is not new, I have to agree that more and more applicants substantially misrepresent their qualifications during the selection process. Why? My guess is that while it is in part driven by the difficult economic times, it probably also has to do with the lack of consequences for misrepresentation. Any thoughts on this?