I know I’m not the only one who thinks this, so I’m just going to say it: I love seeing people get caught in their own web of lies. Okay, I don’t love love it, but for whatever reason, it’s fascinating to me. It’s like watching a soap opera, only better, because it’s real and involves less Botox. Plus, more often than not, they’ve got it coming to them.
That said, today CareerBuilder.com released a survey about the various lies job seekers include in their resumes – from the mundane to the completely far-fetched. According to the survey of 3,100 hiring managers and 8,700 workers nationwide, nearly half of hiring managers reported they caught a candidate lying on their resume. Of those, 57 percent , understandably, automatically dismissed the applicant; however, that means that (for those of you not familiar with subtraction…) 43 percent still gave the candidates a chance. Does that seem like an extremely high number to anyone else?
Predictably, the survey found that the most common lies candidates told involved embellishing responsibilities and skill sets. Including inaccurate dates of employment or claiming to have certain academic degrees were the next most common lies, followed by companies candidates supposedly worked for and job titles they supposedly had.
It also reported that one in five hiring managers are receiving more resumes this year than last year. Forty-three percent of people surveyed said they spend one minute or less looking at a resume when first reviewing applications, and 14 percent spend less than 30 seconds.
The best part of the survey, though, is the list of the most memorable lies hiring managers came across on resumes:
- Claimed to be a member of the Kennedy family
- Invented a school that did not exist
- Submitted a resume with someone else’s photo inserted into the document
- Claimed to be a member of Mensa
- Claimed to have worked for the hiring manager before, but never had
- Claimed to be the CEO of a company when the candidate was an hourly employee
- Listed military experience dating back to before he was born
- Included samples of work, which the interviewer actually did
- Claimed to be Hispanic when he was 100 percent Caucasian
- Claimed to have been a professional baseball player
I think my favorite lies include number one (which still doesn’t indicate any level of expertise or skill in a given area), number three (because why would you submit a photo in the first place?), and number eight (because that totally sounds like something that would happen to me). I also like number two, because I fear that would be something I could actually fall for as a hiring manager (I mean, if you’re a member of the Kennedy family, let’s face it, I’m not going to pay attention to much else).
Seriously, though, these types of stories always strike me as so bizarre because I wonder how a person could be so insane brash as to lie about something that can so easily be disproved. Of course, I hesitate to say, “Do they think they’re not going to get caught?” because clearly, some of these lies must work at some point if people continue to tell them, right? Has it ever happened to you where you found a candidate had lied on a resume only AFTER hiring them? Please, entertain me with share your own experiences.Related