3 common lies during the job interview

A lie to make things look nicer is more common on a resume and in a job interview than you might think. Nearly a quarter of the Dutch sometimes hushed up or exaggerated something during a job interview, research shows. The applicants hope to have a better chance of getting the job this way.

What are common lies during a job interview? And why isn’t it a good idea to hide things or make them more beautiful than they are?

1. Hide hole in your resume and dismissal

It is not very common to say that you have completed entire training courses that you have not actually done. But adjust the data on your resume (and in the conversation) a bit to cover up the gap on your resume? That then again. The same goes for concealing a dismissal. There are people who say they left themselves, when that is not the truth at all. Not such a smart idea, because your potential new employer only has to make one phone call to ask what kind of employee you were, and you will fall through the basket.

An interview is the ideal time to clearly explain what went wrong and or how that gap on your resume arose. Especially now during the corona crisis, a hole on your CV is no longer something that recruiters really look up to.

2. Invent knowledge and skills

To be honest, do you have German on your resume as a skill because you took it in high school? But has all that secretly disappeared? Great if that helps you get the job. But if you are subsequently sent to customers in Germany, because “you can speak German so well”, you will run into problems. Not only is that uncomfortable, it can even lead to you getting fired.

It goes without saying that you have knowledge and skills that just need a refresher course. Or that through experience with other programs, you will quickly master them. Or that you just seem like learning more about this. Simply indicate that you can quickly learn the required skills.

3. Your previous salary

If a recruiter or HR manager asks about your current or previous salary to determine your pay, it can be very tempting to let your answer be broader than reality. That is painful when you are then asked for a salary slip and you show it. Note that you do not necessarily have to comply with this request.

It’s like this: an employer has the right to ask for your payslip, but you just as well have the right not to show it. Incidentally, this is not a license to lie about it. Do you still get this question? First, ask them why they are curious about this and then indicate that you do not find it relevant to share because of the different functions and job packages. Do they continue to ask? Then you can always do another range in salary.

Why honesty is good for you too

Honesty during a job interview is really the best thing you can do for yourself, no matter how badly you want the job. Believe it or not, an interview is not only the time for the employer to see if you are a good match for the job and the company. The same goes for you.

If you say you have skills you don’t have, or, perhaps more innocently, say you love certain tasks when you actually hate them? Then chances are that you are not in the right place at this job and that you will not be happy.

Also read: 7 tips for a successful job interview via a video call

Tessa Ham is an editor at and writes for Metro about career and money.

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