People lie. They lie a lot. When they are not lying, they are often stretching the truth so far that any farther and the truth would snap. On resumes, especially, people tend to put “facts” about themselves that may have some semblance of truth, but are exaggerated to the point of being essentially false.
Jeremy Bolt from Bruce Clay addresses this issue in his blog post:
“When you interview, you get about half of what the resume said, thanks to the resume writers and online resume tools. Then what you end up hiring is about half of what was represented in the interview. So 25% of the initial resume.”
In his post, Jeremy explains how these resume falsities can cause serious issues in the hiring process. People don’t know his field, so the company ends up spending countless hours giving each new employee an extensive training despite the “qualifications” they listed in their resume.
What We Can Learn From This Experience
There are a lot of interesting tips to take away from Jeremy’s blog post:
- Resume Writing (/job-interview-help/resume-examples) – It’s not a good idea to lie. You end up starting your employment off on the wrong foot. Instead, share your real experiences and tailor them for each job so that employers know what they are getting.
- Job Interviews – Stretching your experiences can cause you a lot of problems. It is better to admit a lack of knowledge than claim you have knowledge you do not actually have. Yes, you may get the job, but you are also asking for a quick layoff and the risk of being ostracized from future positions.
- Expect Testing – We see in Jeremy’s post that he recommends significant testing to ensure that an applicant can handle the work they are presented with. In today’s economy, you can expect this trend to catch on. If you want to continue to compete, it is important to take classes and make sure you learn the material, so that you can pass any test and be ready for the job.
Stretching the truth will always be a part of the application process, but companies can no longer afford to waste time on candidates and employees that are misrepresenting their skills. Do your best to be honest. You can talk yourself up as much as you want, but the accomplishments you list and discuss should truly be accomplishments.
Take Away Interview Tips
- Stretching the truth may help get you the job, but it will also cause you to lose it.
- Companies will soon find new ways to make sure you are qualified.