Dilemma: what would you do? A candidate lied about education in their application
Here's the deal: we have extended an offer to a candidate, and I've completed reference checks, which all went well. Got a third party company to do background/credit check, which turned out fine as well.
Now I asked the candidate for a copy of his university degree, and he tells me he actually doesn't have one. He says he left school one term or a few credits short of graduation, and has been doing part time classes since to get his degree. I am stunned, dumbfounded. The degree was not listed as a requirement for this job, but given the competitiveness of the market, we interviewed people who said they have one on their resume.
I informed my supervisor, the hiring manager, of this dilemma, and even he is torn about what to do. This guy seemed like the best candidate, even without the education criteria factored in. Well spoken, his references were legit and glowing (I looked them and their companies up on LinkedIn, Google), no criminal record, good credit check results, he has many years of relevant experience etc.
Any HR ppl/hiring managers out there? What would you do?
Should I appreciate the guy's honesty, at least he didn't submit a fake diploma? Or should I be wary and find someone else?
Should work experience trump education in this case?