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So... Have you ever lied on a job application?

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MrsWhirling Sat 11-May-13 19:31:10

That's it really - I don't mean blatent lie as in 'Yes, I do have exeperience on brain surgery' when in reality you have no medical experience at all!

I mean exaggerated your experience?

I'm going for a job a really, really want. I know I can perform in this role. It is in my field but atleast one managment grade above my current experience level and therefore I am finding some of the application questions difficult to evidence with examples of when I have performed the said thing to that level if that makes sense?

lougle Sat 11-May-13 19:36:12

No. Not ever.

Don't do it.

By all means describe what you have done in the best possible light, but don't inflate and don't mislead.

Chottie Sat 11-May-13 19:38:53

Don't ever do this. I interview regularly and I can assure you that we check everything and also ask for originals of exam certificates (including '0' levels, so that shows how far back we go.)

RhinestoneCowgirl Sat 11-May-13 19:39:37


I have left things off an application that weren't relevant to the post applied for e.g. a Marketing qualification for a basic admin job.

Fairylea Sat 11-May-13 19:42:02


I have worked in recruitment for a large head hunting company and I assure you that not everyone checks everything. It's a bit of a gamble as to whether they will do or not.

I'm not proud of it but the highest paid job I had was given to me because I lied on my cv and said I had a professional qualification to do with marketing that I didn't have.

Wrong. Yes. I'm being honest now though.

I think a lot of people lie on cvs.

Piffpaffpoff Sat 11-May-13 19:45:07

No, but while reviewing applications for my boss, I did see a CV of someone I had worked with a year or two previously and she was claiming to have done many parts of my role that I knew she hadn't (and many of other people in the team too!). So I would say no to exaggerating as you never know who is going to see it.

However, I am basing this on the fact that I work in a fairly specialist role and everybody knows somebody within the community of people doing this type of role in my city. This is a great asset in certain circumstances, less helpful in others!!

MrsWhirling Sat 11-May-13 19:46:20

Thanks all for being so honest.

Actually I don't need to lie about my qualifications as I have the necessary. I'm going for a senior management job and I am currently not in a management role so I'll be punching above my weight if that makes sense?

Fairylea Sat 11-May-13 19:48:41

I think it also depends on things like if you lie and don't get it is anyone likely to remember or know you so you'd always be known as a liar? Or is it more that without lying you wouldn't have a chance anyway so you might as well try your luck?

If it doesn't kill anyone (ie preventing to be a surgeon or whatever, obviously madness) then it's fair game isn't... people will hate me saying that but as someone who's worked in recruitment and marketing half the battle is opening the door and then selling yourself.

Fairylea Sat 11-May-13 19:50:24

Ahhh I see. So all you need to do is focus on the management aspects of jobs you've previously done.. twist the words etc. And maybe tweak your job titles, add something about supervising or something like that.

MrsWhirling Sat 11-May-13 19:52:32

Fairylea - Yes, spot on.

I can answer all of the questions but because the role itself is senior managment in some - not all - I don't have the strategic experience.

Fairylea Sat 11-May-13 19:58:53

What I would do is make some examples about when you've used initiative and leadership skills and how you've helped to develop strategy in any of the roles you've had.

Think about the new role and find similarities with your old roles and show how you could be an assert to the company / organisation on the basis of achievements you've made.

If you have been a (random example) clerical administrator then I'd change thisto clerical administration supervisor or clerical administration with management experience as a sub title so when they scan your details it will catch their eye, then hopefully it they do check up it wont be too far from the truth anyway!

lljkk Sat 11-May-13 20:07:15

Not exaggerated anything, but have lied about qualifications & experience by leaving them off. Have also talked up things (positive spin as opposed to lies).

MrsWhirling Sat 11-May-13 20:20:35

Thanks Fairylea, I see what you mean.

Fairylea Sat 11-May-13 20:23:09

You're welcome smile good luck! X

EuroShaggleton Sat 11-May-13 20:25:01

No. It's fraud-procuring a pecuniary by deception. Bad idea.

nooka Sat 11-May-13 20:27:49

The problem with lying is that if you are caught out then you have really blown it. Depending on your world then word may get out and that has an even greater impact. I would certainly never claim qualifications or job experience that I didn't have (eg I'd not big up a job title, and would only say 'with management experience' if that was actually true).

Also if you say you have experience in something that really matters to the recruiter then it is highly possible that it will come up as an interview question and you will look very stupid (believe me I've seen this happen on a number of occasions and it is not a good experience!)

However, there is nothing wrong (indeed everything right) with being creative and really thinking about how your experience fits what they are asking for. So if you know you can perform in the role, why do you think that, how would you evidence that? if there are gaps how would you address that, what have you done that's similar and transferable?

Chandelierforagirl Sat 11-May-13 20:29:02

I haven't, and I don't need to in my work. HOWEVER, women traditionally undersell themselves and men traditionally oversell themselves... they get the bigger promotions. Can you big yourself up, massively, while only stretching truth rather than actually lying?

ihearsounds Sat 11-May-13 20:30:55

No I wouldn't. Someone at work did this a few years ago with original application. For whatever reasons, the person lost their copy of the original application with the embellished info. Fast forward to this year and another position came available and she applied for it, and of course had to put in another application. The applications didn't match. The person no longer has a job because lying was regarded as gross misconduct.

iklboo Sat 11-May-13 20:32:00

I've not lied but 'spun' the question. Eg - while I haven't directly managed people I have directed several (am dram) plays which calls for people management skills, budgeting, negotiating skills etc'

MrsWhirling Sat 11-May-13 20:44:06

I'm not planning on lying at all and I have experience of pretty much all they are asking for, however the job is a senior management position overseeing a department so it would in affect be a massive jump from worker bee to queen bee, if that makes sense? So I would be exagerating my experience in terms of strategic experience.

Chandelierforagirl Sat 11-May-13 21:03:42

You say you have pretty much all the experience they're looking for MrsW, so work it, how else do people make the leap from worker to queen B. Complete the application with the mindset that you have done this level of work before while keeping true to your experience - I bet you come across well.

MrsWhirling Sat 11-May-13 21:15:54

Thanks Chandelierforagirl! Nice name btw.x

Chandelierforagirl Sat 11-May-13 21:21:08

Goodluck OP, (and thanks, I was in need of a giggle one night!)

LynetteScavo Sat 11-May-13 21:55:39

No, but I think I may have mentioned I enjoy gardening in my free time. (Why, why, why????) I've spent two years waiting for my boss to ask me a plant related question which I will have no idea about.

Don't worry about punching above your weight. That is how people get on in the world, by putting themselves forward.

MrsWhirling Sat 11-May-13 22:18:32

Thanks LynetteScavo - \LOL! Why gardening?? You're right, don't ask and you don't get! x

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