Interviews are designed to identify potential employees who not only can perform the desired tasks of a position but who will fit within the company. Many applicants who are called in for an interview may attempt to fudge some of the truth in order to make themselves come across as a more desirable hire than other potential employees. The thing about telling small fibs during an interview is these potential white lies may actually end up costing an applicant the position. It is important to avoid derailing a job search by telling lies during the interview process. While some are more damaging than others, here are three interview fibs that should be avoided at all costs.
Lying About Academic Degrees
This is one area far too many applicants lie about. However, it's also one of the easiest to check up on. Applicants may initially falsify some information regarding their educational background on their resume. They may say they have additional degrees which they don't or even indicate they graduated from a college they never attended (or never graduated from).
While an applicant shouldn't lie about anything simply because they know they will get away with it, falsifying information about an educational background is easy to double-check. Should a company determine someone is lying about their educational background the company not only will avoid giving the individual a callback, but they will disregard the entire application and resume.
Some companies may not discover someone has lied about their educational background until after they have hired them on. That doesn't mean the employee is safe. In fact, it may be grounds for termination, which not only wastes the company's time but the employee's time.
While graduating with a specific degree does take time, we recommend obtaining certifications in the meantime, as it can help bolster skill sets and demonstrated training without receiving a specific degree.
This one is right along the lines of educational background. Both a criminal record and education can be easily verified by a potential employer. Now, many individuals lie about not having a criminal record because there is a bias against convicted criminals. There is no denying the fact that most employers would hire someone without a criminal record than someone who has a spotty past. However, the one thing that is worse than having a criminal record is lying about a criminal record. This is because the employer will find out about the criminal record during a routine background check and discover the applicant is not only a convicted criminal but a liar.
There are some instances that can be confusing. First, if there is no conviction, it likely is not necessary to note it on an application (unless the job asks if an applicant has ever been accused of a crime and not convicted of a crime). The other common question is if the crime has been expunged. In these instances, we recommend contacting the city or county court office that has the criminal records on file and make sure it has actually been expunged. Due to the amount of paperwork clerk offices deal with on a regular basis it is possible the information has not been removed from the file. It is best to check on this and make sure it has been removed prior to applying for work.
Licenses and Certifications
One of the best ways to improve credentials is to obtain certifications and licenses. However, it is best not to lie about having any kinds of licenses and certifications. This is especially the case if a license or certification is required to legally perform the job. It can take months if not longer to receive some licenses, and if a worker is not legally allowed to perform a task without the license (or certification), they are of no use to the employer. It also puts the employer at legal risk. For example, if someone applies for work as an electrician says they are licensed and certified but are not, any issues stemming from the work will come back on the employer. If the employer finds the worker fabricated having a certification or license it can result in legal actions.
While lying about a college background or criminal record should not be done, lying about a license or certification can result in jail time, depending on the situation at hand and the level of risk an employer is subject to because of the fabrication.
It can be tempting to fabricate on some credentials and skills to make oneself come across as a better fit for the position. However, many of these fibs can end up costing an applicant the position. While a company or interviewer may want certain credentials or skill sets, above everything else they want someone they can trust, and if they catch an applicant in a lie it will cost the individual the job faster than anything else. At ICS, we want to help individuals land the best jobs possible. To do this we not only assist in improving a resume and finding ways to bolster the skills and credentials, but we help in interviewing techniques. This way, when going in for an interview, a candidate will have the needed tools to always put their best foot forward. Click below to start searching for your next job.