When you lie on your resume…

Have you ever seen people being ecstatic about a job interview and a few days later you ask them how it went, and they are unwilling to give you details? Do not just assume that they did not get the job because there were more qualified applicants. Sometimes they did not pass the mustard because they lied on their resume and got called out during the interview by persons trained to pick up on blatant discrepancies.

Being called a liar

Now, think about it: Human resources personnel have been doing this for decades, yet still, some people are so stupid that the lies they put down do not even remotely ring true. At age 20 you state that you have been in the Peace Corps for five years and have a pilot license for four. Really?

Yes, there are gifted individuals who are high achievers making strides at a very young age. But when you sit across from a panel of persons who interview you and your talk does not match what you have on the paper in front of them, you not only look silly, but instantly you are seen as untrustworthy, and no one wants such an individual in their organisation. You are forever tainted with that tar brush called ‘a liar’, and they will not be calling you back any time soon.

Copy and paste

Some persons literally copy and paste from their friend’s old resume. They borrow a resume with the intention of using the format, but instead, they just copy the entire thing like a dummy. How can you copy someone else’s qualifications, work experience and educational background? If you do that, you are basically borrowing their life! If the interviewer saw that you went to The Queen’s School and she asked you about the principal or school motto and you look on blank, it does not bode well for your future in that organisation.

Real story. Recently, a young lady was seeking a job at an insurance company and her resume was glowing to the point that they eagerly called her in for an interview. She dressed well, handled herself appropriately and answered questions put to her according and all was going great…until they asked about how she wrote that she was proficient in French. They explained that they have intentions to expand their operations to the French-speaking parts of the Caribbean and were excited that with her linguistic skills, she could be an asset to the company.

Honesty is the best policy

Through it all, she maintained her composure and tried to ride it out until one person on the panel innocently asked: “So can you say a few things in French for us? We would so love to learn a few basic words or phrases.” After being silent for the better part of a minute, she blurted out: “Cho! Me caa badda wid de bag a question question enuh! Wey unuh a ask me bout French fah?” To say that the interview went downhill from there would be an understatement.

The bottom line is, honesty is the best policy. It makes no sense putting down things to impress people without expecting to be called out. If you say you are age 21 and already possess a PhD, you must expect a conversation about which school you went, your research done and how you went about achieving it at that remarkably early age. Keep your resume simple and honest and wow them with your personality and determination, not stuff you saw on the Internet that looked so cool that you copied it.

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