Half the truth is often a whole lie

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February 14, 2013

The worst lies we've heard during the recruitment and interview process.

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 and Kasia Wezowski, founders of the Center for Body Language:

69 percent 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 share one of the worst lies he's heard over the years. According to Mike:

"Everybody loves to name drop during the interview process. Candidates often mention, during the interview process, that they previously worked with a current employee of my organization. However, I can’t tell you how many times I’ve approached the employee who was referenced, only to find out they’ve never worked with that candidate! It always leaves me dumbfounded.”

So, tell us: What's the worst lie you've heard during a job interview? 

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Topics: Recruiting & Sourcing