This question baffles me. I really cannot for the life of me understand why someone would invest five or more hours of their time to leave their office, go to an interview and jeopardize their current position, just to lose the opportunity by lying. It never ceases to amaze me the extent to which people will lie in order to attempt to get a position. I use the word “attempt” because 99% of the time it comes out that the person was lying and they then becomes blacklisted industry wide. A wise person once said “without integrity nothing work.” Whether you are an attorney making a case in court or a job seeker making a case for why someone should hire you, it is expected that you are operating with integrity and that why you tell people is the truth.
What are the payoffs to lying?
A 1% chance that you will get a away with it?
Making yourself look better by pretending you have a degree that you don’t have?
Making yourself look better by lying about what jobs you worked at and/or how long you were there?
What are the costs of lying on your resume, lying on your application or lying in an interview?
A high likelihood that you will be caught and get blacklisted.
An additionally high likelihood that you might get hired and the truth could come out afterwards and you will be terminated.
Tarnishing your reputation permanently. Yes permanently! Agencies and companies do keep records that can go back ten or twenty years if not longer.
So I ask you this? Why take the risk? It is not worth the risk of ruining your reputation and losing a job just for one little white lie.
A few words of wisdom for the next time you go to apply for a position:
- NEVER list a degree, certificate or other verifiable education related document on your resume unless you can provide an authentic copy.
- TRIPLE check your dates, your title and your work history on your resume and on any application you might fill out.
- DO NOT say or do anything that you cannot support with actions later. If you say you “know” how to do an Excel pivot table, you better be able to produce results the first time you are asked, otherwise, you are asking to be fired.
Good luck, and keep in mind, it is never too late to start telling the truth and to stop tarnishing your reputation.