It might be tempting to over emphasize or downright lie about your work experience in a resume or interview, but tread carefully. One lie inevitably turns into multiple lies and it’s impossible to cover up certain inexperience in the long term. Honesty truly is the best policy when it comes to job interviews. Here are a few reasons why you really can’t lie in a job interview.
Why You Might Feel the Urge to Lie
It’s pretty common for people to want to stretch the truth in order to appear like the best candidate for a job. But you need to know the difference between over-embellishing or improperly promoting your experiences with marketing yourself well. You certainly don’t want to sell yourself short in an interview setting, but lying sets you up for failure right from the beginning. Competition can often lead to false promotion to gain the upper hand, but keep in mind that employers have real-world experience in the company you are applying to join. Getting caught in a lie will look one thousand times worse than being inexperienced ever could.
Playing the Long Game
If you feel the need to lie about your experience or qualifications in a job interview to appear qualified for the job, chances are it really isn’t the job for you. In the long run, it won’t work out. Your inexperience or lack of qualifications may be swept under the rug for a little while, particularly at the beginning of a new position. Long-term ineptitude can result in extreme frustration on behalf of your business leaders, your co-workers and your manager. Getting fired from a job is a distinct black mark on your resume, one that is very difficult to explain to future employers. Not to mention the chances of you getting a good reference out of the experience are slim to none if you are caught lying.
In order to keep up pretenses, you will end up telling more lies to cover up the original lie. Before you know it, you are unable to keep them all straight. Effectively, you are making the job application process more stressful, because you have to remember your previous lies and make sure that new lies fit in line with the original. That energy is better spent on coming across as confident and qualified for jobs where you are actually qualified.
The Power of the Truth
The fact is that you will get a better job and have a better experience by telling the truth in an application and interview setting. Rather than setting up false expectations of your abilities, you are able to communicate openly with your supervisor about what you excel at, and what you are passionate about. You will be happier in the long run if you are in a position where you and your boss know you can do the job.
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