We all remember the tale we learned in elementary school about the honesty of George Washington:
“I cannot tell a lie. It was I who chopped down the cherry tree.”
With Presidents' Day weekend right around the corner, I've been thinking about honesty in the recruitment space. I then came across this statistic from Patryk & Kasia Wezowski, founders of the Center for Body Language:
69% of candidates admitted to not being honest in their job applications.
So much for honesty.
In turn, I spoke with our Recruiting Manager here at TheLadders, Mike Deissig, to uncover a common lie he has heard over the years. According to Mike:
"I had candidates tell me, during an interview, that they had worked with a current employee of my organization. Everybody loves to name drop which is great for reference-checking. However, I cannot tell you how many times I then approach employees who were referenced, and they tell me they never worked with that candidate at a previous job. It always leaves me dumbfounded."
So, tell us what's the worst lie you've heard during an interview? Leave a note in the comments.