Lying on a resume isn’t new — especially when it gets a person through the door. We get it, nowadays a good job is hard to find and there are those who are willing to do whatever it takes to get the gig. But there are those who take it a step further and lie during a job interview — never a good thing.
Gina Trimarco, founder and chief results officer for Pivot10 Results expert tips for a divorce-proof marriage and host of popular podcasts “Women Your Mother Warned You About” and “The Pivotal Leader,” weighed in on various lies people tell during interviews — and why it’s almost always a bad idea.
“I have all the experience required.”
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“I’m available as soon as you need me.”
“Nooo, I don’t live in Sarnia — I live in Toronto.”
"Hiring managers will see this and ask you where you live," Trimarco warns. "Don't hide it. Come out and say, 'I'm interested in relocating.' Some companies may be open to that possibility. But often times, companies don't want to waste their time with applicants who haven't made the move yet and are certain that will be happy living in that new city."
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“I made $250,000 a year.”
She adds: "This is a bigger problem for women. Most job positions are attached to a budget. The employer will see the value in your expertise and your ability to demand your worth."
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“I’ve never been convicted of a crime.”
"In many cases the employer will run a background check and this will not end well," Trimarco points out. "You may not get hired purely because you lied and not because of your record. The employer will always wonder if he or she can trust you so be open about it."
Trimarco adds, "There are companies now that are purpose-driven and specifically employ people with criminal records, in addition to those while incarcerated. You want to work for a company that supports your growth as a person who has made mistakes in the past and will make other mistakes in the future."
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“Pfft, I’m an expert at that program.”
“I will happily relocate.”
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“Feel free to check all my references.”
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“I can handle any commute.”
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“I speak French — and a little Spanish, and some Cantonese … “
“There were dozens of people reporting to me.”
Hmm, instead of lying, why not better prepare yourself for the interview instead?