Job interviews are full of untrue answers. When an employer asks you if you are a team player, your answer is always “Yes” even if you hate all people. When an interviewer asks you if you are qualified for the position, an answer of “no, probably not. My resume was a complete joke” is not going to fly. There are certain aspects of job interviews where the truth is not going to get you the job, and so you are forced to make up an answer that you think the interviewer wants to hear.
So You Should Lie?
Despite the sheer number of questions where an honest answer does not get you the job, you should not lie in your interview. Lying is hard to do, because lying is a lie. That means that anything you say has no memory to look back on as a reference. True lying brings the following problems:
- Memory – You have to remember each lie you made, because the employer will remember.
- Rambling – When you are not referencing back to a real occurrence, you can ramble trying to come up with the best lie.
- Credibility – Lies have a tendency to come back and bite you. Even a small lie has the potential to be discredited.
Employers are cracking down on liars by asking questions to previous employers, re-asking you questions to see if you come up with the same answer, and testing your abilities to ensure that you were not bluffing about your knowledge.
Stretch the Truth
You should not lie at your job interview. You can, however, stretch the truth. If you have a little bit of experience with a software program and are confident you can use the program adequately, you are allowed to make it sound as though you have had a great deal of experience with the program. If you are asked if you are a leader or a follower, you can say leader – not because you are lying, but because everyone is a leader in one way or another, and you are simply stretching the truth.
This is the main reason that you need to practice your answers – so that you can easily stretch the truth without making it sound like a lie. Stretching the truth is acceptable at the job interview, but lying has too many risks.
Trust me on this, I’m a doctor.
Take Away Interview Tips
- Don’t lie on your interview.
- Stretch the truth on your interview.
- Practice your interview answers.
- I am not a doctor.