Common lies told in job interviews

Don't Lie

People are not always truthful in job interviews. When you really want to get yourself a job, it’s always easy to exaggerate, or stretch the truth a little bit. It will be one of those moments where you are in the hot seat and the pressure is on – you’re willing to do whatever it takes to beat out the other job candidates. It’s natural, most people do it and actually end up landing themselves pretty good jobs but it’s definitely not the best strategy. The thing is interviewers can see right through it sometimes and they have heard most, if not all of the lies.


A Senior Staff Manager in Winter Wyman, in charge of the accounting, finance, and administrative division sectors listed and explained most of the lies that job interviewers/recruiters hear every days of their lives and some of them are:

  1. Cause of Leaving Previous Job

Many interviewees choose to stretch the truth a little bit more on this one and most people still do not believe that being fired does not make you a bad candidate for the job. It is of great importance to be as sincere as you can about the real reason you left your previous workplace, even some of the most successful and brightest people in the business sector have been fired once or twice at some point in their careers. It is only debilitating to your job search if you lie about it.

A skilled recruiter can assist you on how you can relay such kind of information properly in an interview without having to paint a bad picture of yourself. Bending the truth will only result in anxiety and this can then affect your performance at work, something you would rather avoid. If you choose the right way, you would never panic over unexpected reference checks and employment verifications. It can be very scary to share such information with your recruiter but the more they know, the more they can help you and the easier it becomes!

  1. Skills and Information on Your Resume
"Everything on your Resume is true....... right?"
“Everything on your Resume is true……. right?”

Not everyone is an Excel wizard or has used every software on the market. There is a job out there for everyone, at every level. Be honest with yourself and your recruiter about what you can and cannot do or what you have and have not done. In due course, you will be asked to showcase your skills, and if there are chances that you misrepresented your abilities to land yourself a job, you will end up back at square one. Don’t waste your time trying to convince your recruiter you have used a software or done a job function if you have not. Falsifying your past experiences to try to become a more “desirable” candidate is just prolonging the process of finding a job that is the right fit for you. Avoid attempting to mould yourself into the candidate that is right for the job. Instead, find the job that is already perfect for you and you will love what you do for a living!

  1. Interest in the Position You Are Being Offered

The advantage of working with a recruiter is having another set of eyes looking for positions that are in line with your background. While they may attempt to make the best possible matches of the job positions they have to the qualifications on the table, there is a point where you can be presented with a job that might not be so appealing to you. In such a scenario, its okay to say NO; and saying no will not hurt their feelings at all, or make them mad. It will save you a whole lot of time, the recruiter’s and also the company’s. It is not of essence for you to set up an interview knowing if you get accepted, chances are you may get to work late because of being in transit for too long, accepting when you know the salary you are being offered is way too low, or any other reason. It does not make sense. If you are called on a job that is not right for you at that particular moment, it is only right that you tell them and explain why so they can fine tune their searches.

  1. Salary History and Requirements

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It is a common delusion that recruiters are trying to pin down candidates to make more money. The truth is, most of the time, the more money you make, the more money they make. In most case, a recruiter’s goal is to get you the highest rate possible. The fact is, what you were earning before does not always dictate what you will make in your next job. If you feel you are currently underpaid, there is a possibility that you actually might be, so be honest about it and give your recruiter the opportunity to help you get paid your fair wage. To add on, it is advised that you avoid trying to be strategic when you are disclosing your previous salary and your current target pay, rather be honest.

  1. Employment Gaps.

Although employment gaps are of great concern to your potential employers, they are not really a death sentence either. If you attended college or took classes to improve yourself, highlight it, it counts more than you may assume. Instead of covering up employment gaps, provide clarity on why you had a gap and even state the classes you took or the volunteer programmes you engaged in to stay active and sharpen your skills while you were searching for a job.

To sum it all up, while you may be very tempted to stretch the truth in any job interviews so as to become the perfect candidate for the job, secure an offer or gain favour, it’s a trap! Don’t do it. Although you may choose to overlook it or get away with it, lying in a job interview is dangerous and has severe consequences that most job seekers are not aware of and these include termination and possible legal implications.




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