Is It Ever a Good Idea to Lie in a Job Interview?

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Ever thought it might be a good idea to tell a few ‘porky pies’ the next time you are invited to that interview for your dream job?

Well don’t.

Sure, you might want to sell your skills and experience, but there is a massive difference between a little exaggeration and all-out embellishment, and there’s no more certain way to flirt with a career disaster than lying at your job interview.

Okay, selling yourself is a delicate balancing act, as you want to come across as confident, as well as a person who understands their own skills sets and experience. But at the same time, this needs to be done in a way that is not overly arrogant – and obvious exaggerations that couldn’t possibly be true are a definite no, no.

Getting caught out on a lie will not only be hugely damaging for your personal reputation with that company, but could also impact on other potential employers, as your recruiter networks with others in the same industry.

Whatever the reason, maybe you got into a fight at university that has landed you with a permanent record, or you got fired from your last job after a bitter row with the boss, it’s never a good idea to lie in a job interview and here are just a few examples why.

  1. You say you are a graduate but you’re not

It’s always a gamble whether you mention what qualifications you have and more so the ones you don’t. Some employers will ask to see certificates and diplomas, while others will simply take your word for it. But is it really worth the risk of telling a blatant lie about your educational background, only for it to blow-up in your face when they ask you to prove it?

  1. You got fired from your last job but say you quit

If you’re asked why you left a previous position, tell the interviewer what really happened. There are many reasons you could have been fired and you don’t have to go into too much detail. Besides, being sacked today doesn’t hold a lot of the social stigma it once did. So fess-up from the start, that way everyone knows just where they stand.

  1. You have no experience, but say you have

It will be pretty clear in your interview if the experience you have from a previous job is not relevant for this new position, however much you try to dress it up. But there’s nothing wrong with explaining this to the person hiring, while also stressing that you are a quick learner and are even prepared to take part in extra training seminars or courses in order to increase your competency.

  1. You fell-out with your last boss but claim you can provide a good reference

If you know your last boss is unlikely to give you a good reference, that’s if they give you one at all, you’d be stupid to pretend otherwise. In fact, most employers now turn requests like this from new employers over to their human resources department. So if you’ve got something to hide from your previous role, it’s best that you don’t paint false picture. You could even say you’d appreciate knowing if there was anything improper said about you during the reference checks so you can give your side of the story.

  1. You have an illness or injury but have kept quiet about it

Living with a disability is not a big issue these days, and most employers will give special dispensation for great applicants who may be limited in some way. So don’t fail to mention something at an interview which you know will eventually have to be addressed. Any decent employer will not see a physical disability or illness as a sticking point when it comes to choosing the ideal candidate.

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