In order to present a better image, some applicants unfortunately resort to telling lies during interviews. Open Access BPO, a leader in business process outsourcing in the Philippines, explains how these lies can prevent you from landing your dream job.
It’s no secret that a lot of job applicants lie during interviews. In fact, lying by omission is one strategy used by job seekers to make themselves look appealing in the eyes of prospective employers. Career experts suggest that there are “white lies” that you may choose to commit when needed. There are, however, some lies that are downright unforgivable.
You must keep in mind that we live in an era where almost any piece of information can easily be accessible online. If not through the Web, hiring managers may go out of their way to verify information you presented with references or previous employers. Therefore, every lie you make during the interview, regardless if it’s small or big, can potentially be uncovered. Some of them can also eliminate your chances of getting hired.
Here are four interview lies that applicants commonly make that can cause them to be rejected:
1. Concealing gaps in employment
While this isn’t exactly done in interviews, it may still be brought up by hiring managers. Applicants tend to hide an employment gap by intentionally not placing the periods of employment in their resume. This can raise a red flag for the employer. If you just place “2012-2013″ on your resume, it can look very dubious in the eyes of the person wanting to know more about your career background.
2. Not telling the real reason why you left your former job
It’s one thing to play with words and make the fact that you were laid off look less serious, but coming up with a complete lie about why you got fired or terminated is another. Be honest when explaining why you had to leave your previous work, but be strategic in thinking of back-up responses. You may explain what you have learned and how much you have grown from unpleasant career experiences in the past.
3. Making a friend or family pretend to be a legitimate reference
If you had a bitter relationship with a former manager or team leader, you don’t have to ask someone to pretend to be that person during background checks. It’s better to just look for someone else who has legitimate authority to give objective assessment of your work ethics than to deceive your employers.
4. Exaggerating achievements or skills
Overglamourizing yourself by pretending to have skills you actually lack can set the wrong expectations from your employer. You may be expected to perform really well from day one just because you gave exaggerated details about one project you’ve done in the past. Disappointment is one way of losing your employer’s trust, especially once they find out that you gave false promises during the interview.
Remember, in this digital age, there are many accessible sources of information about your career background. If it’s not a call to your previous company, your social media account may reveal that you lied about your employment details.
It is therefore important to be wise in choosing what you say during the interview. Instead of lying, you can prove yourself worthy of the position by being genuine all throughout your application process.