Maybe it’s not an outright lie, but it’s not the whole truth, either. Job hunters have always fibbed a little to make themselves look better to hiring managers, and their fibs are pretty predictable. Here are 15 of the most common to watch out for.

  1. I’m an expert at Microsoft Excel.
  2. I led [insert project that they were apart of, but didn’t actually lead] at my previous employer.
  3. My salary is [add 10K to actual salary] at my current job.
  4. I’m fluent in Spanish. (After taking a few classes in college)
  5. I was laid off [really fired] from my last job.
  6. My current job duties include [add 5 more responsibilities than normal].
  7. I graduated with a 3.9 GPA. (actually had a 3.4 GPA)
  8. I studied at [insert university]. (when they only took one class)
  9. Yes, I live in Chicago. (when they really live in DC and are trying to relocate)
  10. I’m currently the Senior Executive in Charge of Accounting for Accounts. (title inflation)
  11. I increased revenues infinity percent! (inflating past successes)
  12. Yes, from 2014 to 2016, I worked in Payless… I mean procurement. (shifting dates/titles)
  13. My biggest flaw is that I try too hard.
  14. I was a freelance consultant for a few months last year. (unemployed, covering resume gap)
  15. I was the recipient of the 2017 Employee of the Year Award (really only nominated).

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