6 Reasons Not to Lie During a Job interview.
When it comes to job interviews, it’s easy for candidates to feel like they need to beef up their CV a little. Add a bit more experience, perhaps bumping up a grade or two. After all, fibs like these only give you a fighting chance against other candidates, right?
In the past, we’ve been over the 5 most common lies on CV’s, so we’re no stranger to hearing about candidates lying to get a job. However, in this list, we’re going to explain why you should never lie during a job interview itself, starting with:
It’s Not You.
First and foremost, one of the main reasons you shouldn’t lie during a job interview is because, honestly, it’s not you.
You’re attending a job interview to show why you, both as a person and with the skills you have, are the best candidate for the role. Lying during a job interview not only puts you at risk (we’ll dive into this later in this blog), but it’s also unfair. It’s unfair on the interviewer, it’s unfair on the other candidates, and, most importantly, it’s unfair on you. After all, success should be earned, not conned into.
If you’re unsuccessful in an interview by being yourself, you can hold your head high. You can be proud that you tried, and you can learn from the experience. If you lie during an interview to get the job, not only will you feel a deep sense of dishonesty, but you’ll be forever on edge about things like:
If you claim you can fly a plane during your interview, it’ll soon become apparent that you can’t when you’re sat in the cockpit.
Lying during an interview can only be seen as a short-term success, and that’s if you succeed. However, this success can be extremely short-lived, when it soon comes out that you’ve lied, and the experience or skills you claimed to have were untrue.
Not only this but lying about your qualifications can become dangerous for you and those around you. Therefore, although you shouldn’t ever lie during an interview anyway, you should never lie about any specialty licenses or qualifications, such as a forklift or general driving license. Fortunately, these are almost always checked before you begin working, so you’re unlikely to get away with lies like these anyway.
We know you may not be don Corleone or Scarface, but you still have a reputation. And lying during an interview can hurt that.
If you’re caught lying during a job interview, not only will it lead to embarrassment, but you can more or less kiss your chances of landing the role goodbye. This can be bad enough, however, it can get worse, as you never know who the interviewer knows. Meaning that, not only have you ruined your chances with one business, but potentially others. As the business owner or interviewer may be familiar or friendly with other business owners. Business owners that may be present in other upcoming interviews.
So, don’t risk it. Cheaters never prosper, and liars never win in the end.
Do you remember every single word you said during your last job interview? We highly doubt you do, and this is important for this point.
You may succeed with a small or white lie during an interview, but this should never be seen as a success. Why? Because there’s a good chance you’ll have a follow-up interview or even a trial period at the job. Suddenly, your small or white lie becomes a big problem, as you’ll need to remember this every time it comes into question. Eventually, you’ll crack, and either forget the lie you told or slip up and tell the truth.
Like the late great Johnny Cash once sang, “Lies have to be covered up, truth can run around naked”. Never a truer word has been spoken – well, in terms of what’s relevant to lying during a job interview, I guess.
Your Poker Face.
We’ve never played poker together, but I’d wager that your poker face isn’t as good as you think.
If you’re unfamiliar with what a poker face is, it’s defined as ‘an impassive expression that hides one’s true feelings’, in other words, your lying face. And, if you’re going to lie during a job interview (which you should never do), you’re likely to be caught out because of your facial expressions and body language.
As one lie snowballs into another, soon you’re entangled in a web of lies. Your leg becomes restless, your eye begins to twitch. You try to focus on controlling these, which means you can’t concentrate on the questions you’re being asked, and that’s it, the jig is up. This is why you should never lie during a job interview – not only is it morally wrong, but it will also affect you more than you may think.
Guilt. You know, that feeling you get when you peak at your birthday presents weeks before the big day, and you’re in your mid 30’s? Yeah, that type of guilt.
When a lie during a job interview secures you the job, not only have you potentially taken work away from a more deserving candidate, but you’ve also set yourself up nicely for a healthy dose of guilt. Which, when you’re trying to perform to the best of your abilities, is never a good thing.
Not only this but for your time working in your new role, you’ll always be burdened with a sense of guilt, which is something we strongly advise against for obvious reasons…
There’s our list of 6 reasons not to lie during a job interview. If you think we’ve missed any, let us know by leaving a comment below!
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