Lies You Should Never Tell on Your Resume or to Your Interviewer


Many people often lie on their resume and even during the process of their interview. However, it’s these same people that get stressed out and stuck in their head thinking about the complications that could happen if they were to get hired. Honesty is always the best policy, and if there’s information that you’re considering fudging on your resume, there’s a good chance that it’s a better idea to wait until you’re asked for the information. There are many things that you shouldn’t lie about during an interview or on your resume, but here are a handful of those lies that you should keep from telling.

  1. “Yes, I do live here.”

If you live in one city but are applying for jobs in another, there’s a good chance that you’ve adjusted the location on your resume to match the city that you’re looking for work in. If that rings true for you, don’t fret. It’s much more common than you think. What you might not realize is it’s actually an enormous lie and one that could end up costing you a lot.

During your interview, if you get asked where you live, answer the question honestly; even if it is hours away. Your interviewer is going to give you enough time to answer the question and explain your situation to them. You can let them know of your plans to relocate to the city the job is posted in should you get hired.

Should you decide to lie and tell them you already live in the city, you might get called in for a second or third round of interviews at short notice, and last-minute flights can get quite costly. Though if they know you live out of town, they might be open to conducting the other interviews via phone or Skype since you’ve already met in person.

  1. Lying About Your Salary

It’s not as common as the first lie, but there are times where your interviewer asks you how much your salary was at your last job instead of asking what your desired salary is. You might think that it’s not a big deal to increase the numbers a bit, but lying about your salary might come across as unethical should you get asked to provide a W2.

Always remember that you don’t need to provide that information to them if you don’t feel comfortable with it. Ensure that you are polite, but let them know that you don’t feel as if your previous salary holds any weight towards the position that you are applying for. From there, you can provide the industry standard. If for some reason you get pushed to offer it, professionally advise the interviewer that you won’t accept an offer below $X amount.

  1. “Yes, I’ve always been proud of that GPA.”

During your interview process, you might get asked about your GPA (grade point average), and you might include it on your resume, too. If you’re considering lying about your GPA to make it higher than it is, you should reconsider that plan. When asked about GPAs during interviews, the majority of those companies do request legitimate copies of your school transcripts, and sometimes go as deep as to verify with the school. This is a common occurrence for postings that require a certain degree, post-secondary education, or a minimum GPA.

If you get caught in a lie regarding your GPA, it’s no small thing. Every skillset and even work history that you’ve included on your resume is suddenly questioned. A company that was considering taking you on board would likely lose their trust in you and take you out of the running.

  1. How You Left Your Last Position

One of the major lies that people tell during interviews is the reason that they left their last position. It’s also one of the top questions that potential employees get asked during interviews. Companies don’t want to hire on someone that they think is going to flake out on them. They want employees that they can depend on; employees that are going to grow with the company. You should always be honest about the reason you left, regardless of what it is.

Given the state that the economy is in, many people have been laid off from their jobs; it doesn’t mean that they weren’t substantial workers. There is no shame in letting the interviewer know that you were laid off. You don’t need to go into details, just tell the truth. If you were fired or quit your position, the same rule applies. Always ensure that you tell the truth, but you don’t have to be incredibly specific. Professionally let the interviewer know what happened, and also let him or her know what you’ve learned from the experience, and how you plan on turning it into a positive by bringing a new, different outlook to the position you are applying for.

Every candidate, interview, and the interviewer is different, and trying to figure out exactly how an interview is going to go is only cause for stress. Just remember to follow the general rule of thumb, which is telling the truth, and remember that you don’t need to force yourself into uncomfortable situations. If you don’t feel comfortable answering specific questions, let the interviewer know, but always remain professional.


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Lies You Should Never Tell on Your Resume or to Your Interviewer

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