'Pretty Little Liars': Why You Shouldn't Lie On Your CV

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about 2 months ago by Sophie Stones

'Pretty Little Liars': Why You Shouldn't Lie On Your CV

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Earlier this week, Recruiter magazine revealed that us English think we are the most honest when it comes to interviews. Combined with their stories from recruitment firms, Just IT and ESG, of caught-out candidates who’ve leapt from windows or those who’ve been part of Wolf of Wall Street style firms, however, it seems our beliefs don’t always line up with the truth.

In fact, a report from Hire Right found that 85% of employees have at one point this year discovered a candidate lying on their CV, up from 66% in 2012. These changes could be seen as a direct effect from technological advances, with cross-checking software becoming more and more popular. The rise in social media has also made it easier for deception to be brought to light, with a fully thought out LinkedIn page becoming unstuck when your Facebook profile shows that year you said you were interning at a law firm, as actually being a year of indulgence on the beaches of Thailand.

In recent years it’s not just those on the ground floor who’ve been at risk of getting caught red-handed but also those in influential positions. Top guys getting caught out for lying have come from large companies such as Yahoo, MGM Mirage and Walmart, with disgraced Google Engineer, James Damore, slipping further into discredit, earlier this month when it was discovered he had fabricated a PHD on his LinkedIn profile.

Although it doesn’t often go this far, lying on your CV is a punishable offence. Something former CEO of Maori TV Services, John Davy, found when he was sentenced to 8 months in prison, for deceiving his employers and colleagues. Whilst Davy’s lies were larger than most (Damore had at least started his PHD, even though he had never completed it), career coach, Ford Myers, suggests the majority of us do not mean to outright lie, when completing our job search.

“It’s not that people are being deceptive or malicious, often they delude themselves that their experience is more than it really is. I do believe in framing your experience in the best light. But there is a difference between spinning and lying. If you lie you will always lose in the long-run”


It’s important then that we are familiar with every part of our CV, as the tiniest over-exaggeration has the ability to trip an applicant up. If you feel your CV is lacking substance, check out our guide on how to make it look more appealing, so hopefully you won’t have to take a running leap when you’re caught out in a lie.