In a time where experience is counting for as much as qualification, it would seem that inflating a CV may well get past hiring managers inspection. No one would have expected though for that to apply to the newly appointed CEO of Yahoo.
On May 3, poised to put Yahoo back where they belong, Scott Thompson was questioned over his claim to have a computer science degree. Initial raised eyebrows turned into disbelief as, just 11 days later, Mr. Thompson was out of Yahoo and facing a daunting future.
He did, during an internal meeting, apparently park the blame with the search consultants who placed him at Paypal in 2000, implying, it seems, that they had falsified his CV. Immediately, they issued a statement, stipulating that Yahoo had been informed that no such allegation was true. This, it appeared, was the icing on the cake, after a difficult time for Yahoo, following a vulnerable period, their employees were saying that they could not work for a company that has a CEO who has claimed to be a computer scientist when he is not.
Scott Thompson is the latest in a line of pivotal people who have inflated the content of their CVs. The list includes a former Notre Dame football coach, chief executives of RadioShack and Bausch & Lomb, a director of the Federal Emergency Management Agency and an MIT admissions director.
It has not, so far, been clarified as to why Mr Thompson’s CV was not accurate. What is clear however is that it really doesn’t matter who you are… the truth will out.