White lies | Candidates are fibbing to bag a job

Candidates are fibbing to bag a job

During the recruitment process, recruiters may come across some truly ‘golden’ candidates who tick all the boxes as the perfect hire. But surely this would signal alarm bells for many?

For example, late last year an Australian woman who successfully landed a top government job with a $270,000 salary was caught lying on her CV, after she faked her qualifications and posed as her own referee.

And it seems more and more jobseekers are open to telling a few white lies during the interview process if it means it gets them one step closer to bagging a new job.

New research by ResumeLab that has been labeled 'Your ideal candidate is probably a liar', surveyed 1,051 respondents and asked if they lied, why they lied and if they had ever been caught. Surprisingly, only 30% of people who lied had ever got caught, meaning the majority of liars are getting away with it.

27% of jobseekers revealed that they had lied about experience; 18% had told fibs about the skills they have and 17% embellished their job duties, in contrast just two per cent said that they don’t lie about certifications.

Of the individuals who were caught, 65% were either fired or didn’t get the role, which indicates that 21% of people who lied on their CV paid the price of losing a job or being passed up on one.

When it comes to gender, it seems men have a higher tendency to lie as the research found that 58% of men are more likely to lie on their CV compared with 41% of women.

Elsewhere, 38% of young people (aged between 18 to 39) confessed to lying more often than older people (40+), with 30% claiming they had told a fib.

When asked why they lied, 37% cited that it was due to being unemployed for a long period of time. Meanwhile, 18% thought they wouldn’t get caught, a further 18% wanted a higher salary for the position, 17% said they were not qualified and 16% claimed 'other' reasons for their untruths.

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Comments (1)

  • Boris
    Tue, 21 Jan 2020 8:31am GMT
    These figures are concerning, not just because their seems to be a real problem with lying on CV's but that a fair number are getting away with their falsehoods. I always advise that candidates shouldn't lie on any official documents as it's a sure fire way to loose their job if they're discovered, despite this it seems that many still do. I also blame employers for not only demanding unrealistic levels of qualifications and experience from candidates but that there are not enough first time or beginner roles around. How are people meant to get into the job market if employers are all looking for qualifications and experience that most young wouldn't have, so it's no wonder they lie. We need more grass roots roles for young people to get on so they can aspire to work their way up the job ladder, without needing to lie about their skills and experience.

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