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The Truth About Lying During a Job Interview

The Truth About Lying During a Job Interview

Robert DiGiacomo | Monster HotJobs

Telling the whole truth about yourself in a job interview may mean losing a position to a better-qualified candidate. But the alternative — lying about your degree, qualifications or experience for short-term gain — inevitably will come back to haunt you.

Still, there are gray areas in which a small fib — or embellishment — could go a long way toward helping you land a job.

“I’m a pro-fibber,” says blogger and consultant Nicole Williams, author of Girl on Top: Your Guide to Turning Dating Rules into Career Success. “At the same time, you have to be aware of the risks and do it very strategically.”

Here are six areas in which you can enhance your credentials without having a Pinocchio moment during an interview — or even worse, after you’ve gotten the job.

What’s Your Real Salary?

How much people make is “the No. 1 lie,” says Julie Jansen, a career coach and author of I Don’t Know What I Want, But I Know It’s Not This. “I tell my clients not to embellish their salaries.”

Instead, Jansen recommends providing recruiters with the value of your entire compensation package — including salary, vacation and other benefits — and request a percentage increase on top of that amount.

Managing Your Title

It’s OK to stretch the truth about your title, if your actual responsibilities are more demanding than your job implies, according to workplace columnist and speaker Alexandra Levit.

“A lot of times titles don’t tell the whole story,” says Levit, author of They Don’t Teach Corporate in College: A Twenty-Something’s Guide to the Business World. “You might spin your title to reflect what you actually did.”

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