The Job Interview and the Little White Lie
If you say you haven’t told one…that would be it right there.
Little white lies are not necessarily a bad thing. In some situations, a little white lie could be humane. For example, let’s say your best friend just spent every last penny of her savings on a non-returnable designer dress. She asks you “isn’t this dress gorgeous?” What would be the point in telling her the dress should have gone down with the Titanic?
Let’s turn to the job interview. There are times when the little white lie is more humane to your career than stumbling around the truth. Let’s take the question “what did you do during the 3 months you were unemployed?” It’s okay to say that while you spent much of your time job searching, you also spent some valuable time with family. It may be best to leave out the part about sleeping 15 hours a day, winning the local hot-dog eating contest, and inventing new curse words to describe your ex-boss.
The point is that while honesty is always the best policy; it may be a better career strategy to accentuate the positive and keep the newly created curse words to yourself.
The little white lie could be your most colorful ally during the job interview.