Have you ever lied on a resume? According to a new survey put out by Career Builder, 58% of employers have caught a job candidate in a lie. What’s more surprising, is that 40% of employers wouldn’t dismiss the applicant right away and 7% would be willing to overlook it if they met and liked the person.
When asked about the most unusual lies they’ve ever encountered, employers recalled the times when a job-seeker:
- Submitted his father’s resume since they both had the same name. (One was a Sr. and the other a Jr.)
- Claimed to be the assistant to the prime minister of a country that doesn’t have a prime minister.
- Listed himself as a high school basketball free-throw champion, but when it came up in the interview, admitted it was a lie.
- Claimed to have been an Olympic gold medalist.
- Cited his experience as “construction supervisor.” It was later learned that the candidate supervised the building of a dog house!
- Declared to have 25 years of experience—at the age of 32.
- Pretended to have a 20-year career as the nanny of celebrities like Tom Cruise and Madonna.
- Listed three jobs on a resume that the applicant worked at for two days, another for one day, and not at all for the third.
- Applied for a gig with a company that had just fired him. He listed the company under previous employment and indicated on his resume that he had quit.
- Submitted two different resumes for the same position. Each one had a different work history.
The most common lies caught on resumes include:
Embellished skill set (57%)
Embellished responsibilities (55%)
Dates of employment (42%)
Job title (34%)
Academic degree (33%)
Companies worked for (26%)
Accolades/awards received – (18%)