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The Truth About Lying During a Job Interview

The Truth About Lying During a Job Interview

Robert DiGiacomo | Monster HotJobs

For Love of Industry

Faking a strong interest in a particular industry is preferable to telling a recruiter you’re desperate for any job he has to offer.

“I think it’s acceptable to lie about being passionate about an industry,” Jansen says. “Nobody was born being passionate about manufacturing.”

Who You Know

Drop names, if you’ve actually met or interacted with an industry mover or shaker.

“It’s a matter of degree — I wouldn’t go full tilt and say [someone’s] one of my best friends if they’re not, because you can be found out,” Levit says.

Fired or Quit?

If you were let go or laid off from your last position, be honest about the circumstances if asked. Then try to refocus the conversation on your future.

“You should immediately turn [the subject] into a positive by saying you’re looking for a new challenge,” Levit says.

No Time for Tears

Even if a position seems a bit of a professional stretch, don’t let on that you have any doubts about your ability to get the job done.

“Can you imagine someone saying they’re scared?” Williams says. “That may be the truth, but you don’t want to hear it in an interview. Get a therapist or get a friend — your boss is not your friend.”

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