Have you ever lied on your Curriculum Vitae? You’ll be surprised to know that a good number of employers have caught applicants fibbing on a CV. People often stretch the truth on Curriculum Vitae in a desperate attempt to land work. However, honesty really is the best policy. You should never lie when applying for a job. You risk damaging your reputation, getting passed over for job offers, getting fired, or even getting sued for fraud if your lies are revealed while employed.
Lying about Employment Dates
One of the most common lies on CVs is employment dates. Employment dates that don’t add up are highly suspected and a recruiter can quickly figure out your lie by making a quick call to your past employer to find out that you worked there for only two months, not two years. Employers are also suspicious of resumes that list job history by year rather than month and year. It will only prompt HR managers to conduct further with scrutiny.
Lying by giving vague job descriptions
Curriculum Vitae with ambiguous descriptions such as “familiar with” or “involved in” may be signs of trying to downplay a lack of experience. Similarly, vague employment dates such as job listings with only years written make recruiters wary. Hiring managers who find questionable information on a CV will probably ask detailed questions about a candidate’s work experience. They will assess the candidate based on the depth and quality of the response. A less than stellar answer usually means that the person is lying.
Lying about your skills
Because skill stretching on Curriculum Vitae is prevalent, many employers today ask candidates to demonstrate their talent on the spot. Pre-employment screening tests such as physical ability tests, job knowledge tests, and skills assessment tests are quickly becoming the new norm. A candidate who fails such a basic test is proven to have either stretched the truth or puffed up their abilities, both of which are guaranteed to take you out of the running for a job.
Lying by offering inconsistent information
When a job seeker’s CV and cover letter don’t match, that is a red flag to employers that a candidate is not being entirely honest. An error-free, flawlessly written resume paired with a muddled cover letter raises suspicion- it could suggest that you got help with your C.V. or perhaps even taken another person’s work history to pass off as your own. Consistency is key. It’s important to match dates and basic facts on your resume to your website and social media profiles.
Lying about your Job Title
If a job title seems too good to be true, it most likely is. Never inflate your job title! A prospective employer could call your ex-boss to confirm your title(s) during your time there. You shouldn’t exaggerate your job responsibilities either. An employer might ask you questions regarding specific job-related processes and it will become apparent when you can’t answer the questions.
Lying about Job References
Recruiters know that speaking to a candidate’s references results in hearing only good things since they’ve been coached to say the positives and evade the negatives. If you give fake job references and the recruiter becomes suspicious, he or she might conduct a backdoor reference to verify the information.
By Damilola Faustino