Hamish and Andy's best bloke in Australia

Hamish and Andy crown Australia’s best bloke and at the same time show how easy it is to cheat the recruitment process

September 8, 2016
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Editorial
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Written by
TikForce
Courtney Erichetti
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Published by
TikForce
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Hamish and Andy's best bloke in Australia

‍If you haven’t seen Hamish and Andy from Hit 92.9 FM, pulling off one of the funniest pranks on live radio lately, then you must be hiding under a rock.

But to re-cap for those of you have not seen it or heard about it, Hamish picked a random number to ring out of thin air under the alias “Tim Barnard” and proceeded to ring this random guy, (whose name was James), and asked if he would be his reference for a new job he was literally about to walk into. Fast forward 10 minutes later, Andy rang James back pretending to be “Graham Burn from Kells &Co.” an accounting firm who was checking on “Tim Barnard’s” reference. Andy, (Graham) began to grill James on all facets of Tim’s life, like what languages Tim spoke, in what ways has he displayed that he is good with handling money as well as specific things about Tim and his personality.

Needless to say James, was cool, calm and collected and did a very convincing job of pretending he actually knew “Tim Barnard”. He even went as far as saying he had known “Tim” for ten years and knew him from the Footy Club. He really went for it and did not hold back on telling “Graham” what a great bloke “Tim” was.

Click here to see the video: https://youtu.be/Sb7XWTxcSYQ

Although this segment was very entertaining, it highlighted that getting someone to pretend to be a work referee and lying on your resume is ridiculously easy. 

Now it begs the question, can a reference continue to be a valid and credible resource for recruiters anymore? Given that 80% of resumes are misleading, how on earth are you meant to know what is true? And do resumes and references have any real value?
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