You’ll Never Believe These 10 Ridiculous Resume Lies—Hiring Managers Didn’t Either!

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According to a new survey put out by Career Builder, 58% of employers have caught a job candidate in a lie. (iStock)

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:

  1. Submitted his father’s resume since they both had the same name. (One was a Sr. and the other a Jr.)
  2. Claimed to be the assistant to the prime minister of a country that doesn’t have a prime minister.
  3. Listed himself as a high school basketball free-throw champion, but when it came up in the interview, admitted it was a lie.
  4. Claimed to have been an Olympic gold medalist.
  5. Cited his experience as “construction supervisor.” It was later learned that the candidate supervised the building of a dog house!
  6. Declared to have 25 years of experience—at the age of 32.
  7. Pretended to have a 20-year career as the nanny of celebrities like Tom Cruise and Madonna.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. 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%)

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