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Stop Lying on Your Resume or Get FIRED – Employers Warn!

- By Dwaipayan, 10 September 2020 | 6 MIN READ


Honesty has been the best policy so far, but a lot has changed in the rat race; recruiters often investigate the truth on applicants' resumes and cover letters to find disturbing facts. Almost half of the recruiters in staffing company say they know someone who lied on their resume - a whopping 25% increase from 2011 to till-date. Nearly Fifty-three percent of recruiters’ doubt that candidates are often dishonest, and 38% are rejected.

In some cases, when recruiters slipped out from catching the truth, employers are clued into the fact that some applicants are deceiving by handing over resumes that are fabricated.

Here are Eight ways employers discover the truth behind your resume lies.


When you can’t pass a skills test

It’s easy to say you’re skilled in everything, from conversational French to coding. But demonstrating you have those skills is a different story. Employers understand how easy it is for candidates to exaggerate their skillset, so don’t be amazed if you’re asked to prove your talents.

An interviewer can always quiz you to prove your assertions. Failing would take you out of the running for a job.

Fudging the Dates

Roughly a quarter of applicants are fibbing about their employment dates in their resumes. Applicants tend to cover up a resume gap by fudging employment dates. It's just a matter of a quick call to your past employer to find out that you got laid off back in January, not July.

A sparkling resume and cover letter that don’t match

A good resume with a messy cover letter is for sure a red flag. Such an inconsistency indicates you got a helping hand with your resume or a matter of fact stolen person’s profile to pass off as your own. Coupled with that when you’re unable to recall key details of your past another major giveaway that you’ve lied on your past employment.

At times job titles are too good to be true

Three years out of college and now sitting in the C-suite? Expect a grilling session from the interviewer with some pointy questions to make sure you’re telling the truth about your title. An employer can easily call your ex-boss to confirm your past engagement. If you have given yourself a promotion from marketing intern to senior marketing manager is going to be disclosed.

The Body language that betrays you

You might be impeccable as a liar. But subtle body language could spark doubt in the hiring employer's mind. Poor eye contact may appear as dishonesty or an element of disguise. Always touching your nose, looking down while answering a question, and turning your body away from the interviewer are tell-tale truths.

When references backfire

You might get away as a skilled liar, you might get away with decorating your skills or past duties in an interview or on your resume. But your references are not in your hand to back you up. A truthful reference will reveal the fact about the real you and the job duties you were holding.

Even if you make up a reference willing to go along with your farce, the interviewer might do some extra digging to reaching out to your old boss or co-workers to find out the truth.

A Google search often comes handy for recruiters

Social media or basic Google is an effective tool for recruiters/HR for search matches what you have on your resume. A Nancy Drew-style snooping is all it takes to learn that your alma mater is a diploma holder or that the company claimed to work for last year never existed.

Background Checks

Background checks are important. A background check can discover that you’ve about your work history, education, criminal past, professional certifications, or other key facts. In all cases do not expect a job offer.


When an employee is caught lying on a resume, the outcomes can be dire, such as Likely lose your job: Lying on a resume is a betrayal of trust and is considered as a serious character flaw, even if it is a small lie, such as claiming a degree from Harvard University when you really didn’t complete a semester. 




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