Have you been caught out on a resume lie?

Is your resume more fiction than fact?

Bending the truth can cost you the job. Although only 8 percent of workers admitted to stretching the truth on their resumes, nearly half (49 per cent) of hiring managers reported they caught a candidate lying on their resume. Of these employers, 57 per cent said they automatically dismissed the applicant. This is according to CareerBuilder.com’s latest survey of more than 3,100 hiring managers and over 8,700 workers in the US.

Thirty-six per cent of employers who received falsified applications said they still considered the candidate, but did not hire him/her. A small percentage (6 per cent) ended up hiring the applicant.

The most common lies discovered on a resume, according to the survey, include:

  • Embellished responsibilities – 38 percent
  • Skill set – 18 percent
  • Dates of employment – 12 percent
  • Academic degree – 10 percent
  • Companies worked for – 7 percent
  • Job title – 5 percent

CareerBuilder.com asked hiring managers to share the most memorable or outrageous lies they came across on resumes. Examples include:

  • 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
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