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