It is often advised that you do not lie on your resume. If you are caught in a lie, you will never get the job, no matter how small the lie. You can even be fired for getting caught in a lie. Lying is dangerous.
In addition to lying, however, you should also list achievements that are actually your achievement. A great example is when you claimed you worked on something that you only barely (if at all) had anything to do with. That is because during your interview, you may be asked what you did in that role, and if you were barely involved, your answer is going to suck.
How to Answer:
If you were heavily involved in a project, use this as an opportunity to tout your hard work. Freely mention the tasks you undertook, etc. Don’t hold back unless you are not allowed to talk about it, due to papers you signed when you worked on the project.
“Well, I didn’t do much on the project per se, but I was part of the team that built it.”
Your role was to get coffee for the real workers. It probably was a bad idea to put it on your resume.
“I was lead coordinator for Project X. I recruited outside contractors and monitored their progress using our in house project management software. I also regularly performed data analysis on trails to determine if the parts were working correctly…”
That’s a real answer, and one that you will have if you played a part in the project you listed on your resume. Hopefully you did, and if so, you can take advantage of this question by listing off the many relevant tasks that you did.
Take Away Interview Tips
- Have a role or don’t place it on your resume.
- Take it as an opportunity to pimp your awesomeness.