All Blog Posts Tagged 'lies' (10)

Talent Shortage or Trust Shortage?

A significant percentage of people involved with screening and selecting job candidates fancy themselves detectives, mind-readers, psychics and psychologists. They’re almost always willing to trust their own gut. But not much else slips unscathed through the scrutiny of these trust deficient evaluators of talent.…


Added by Kelly Blokdijk on April 16, 2014 at 8:30pm — 20 Comments

Recap of this week's RBC lessons: don't monkey around with lies

Lesson #1: 

You may or may not be able to train a monkey to recruit

Lesson #2: 

Anyone with a keyboard may be capable of writing their version of career advice and getting it published on a mainstream recruiting website

Lesson #3: 

Both #1 & #2 may become trending topics for various reasons 

Lesson #4: 

If you do #2 and it is proven that you are…


Added by Kelly Blokdijk on March 22, 2013 at 8:00pm — 6 Comments

Understanding Candidate Lies

I write a lot about lying, mostly because it is happening all the time.  Candidates lie to recruiters for a variety of reasons.  Recruiters have to expect a certain amount of lying.  Some of it is even understandable.  Here are some examples:

George says he is willing to relocate, no problem.  Weeks later, many obstacles materialize that would interfere.  These aren’t…


Added by Mark Bregman on November 22, 2011 at 12:55pm — 4 Comments

Preventing and Countering Candidate Lies

I saw an article recently entitled 7 Resume Lies Employers Will Never Check, on the excellent candidate-oriented web site Resume Bear.  This inspired me to write the anti-article – how to counter these lies that…


Added by Mark Bregman on November 8, 2011 at 1:03pm — No Comments

Incremental Truths – What Candidates Tell Recruiters

Passive candidates – the people every employer wants – the ones that are happy, productive, and not looking for a job – are often wary of recruiters.  They know that there is only a slim chance that the opportunity about which the recruiter is calling will be of interest to them.  They know that recruiters “Sell the Sizzle” – give them all the positive hype about the job.…


Added by Mark Bregman on October 18, 2011 at 1:25pm — No Comments

Five Common Resume Lies

I love staffing software, but I also know its limits. It can’t help much with a common problem faced by all recruiters and staffing professionals: resume padding.

In 2006,, a resume writing service, did an internal study and found that 42 percent of …


Added by Tim Giehll on April 25, 2011 at 12:00pm — No Comments

Resume Designing - Is it lying?

I have been debating résumé designing with a close colleague who has been in a very difficult employment situation. This colleague has an abundance of experience across a number of industries but has recently found themselves at a crossroad. Faced with the challenge of determining if they want to remain in the same profession and line of business (Corporate/Government), or return to their previous… Continue

Added by Lisa Switzer on September 10, 2010 at 12:50pm — 7 Comments

Top Lies Told By Candidates

Whenever people talk about candidate lying, the usual topics come up: Exaggerating dates of employment, falsifying education, inflating salary or title, hiding a criminal record, and hiding a drug habit. Most of these can be easily caught by a decent background check. You can ask for a W-2 to verify compensation. Simple diligence can prevent a person who is lying about…


Added by Mark Bregman on April 12, 2010 at 4:46pm — 9 Comments

The Six Biggest Applicant Lies

Just posted a story about the six biggest applcaint lies we see from an empyment screening point of view. Wondering how it jives with what recruiters see. See:

Although statistics vary widely, there is widespread agreement that a substantial number of resumes belong in the “fiction” section of the bookstore.… Continue

Added by Les Rosen on November 21, 2009 at 2:19am — 12 Comments


While honesty is indeed the best policy, too many prospective employees tend to stretch the truth-- or not use the truth at all-- when they are making their resumes. If you are an employer, it can be beneficial for you to know about the most common lies you may find on a resume. If you are in the position of looking for a job, it is in everyone's best interest if you are factual and honest. No one wants to hire someone who lacks the integrity to be… Continue

Added by Todd Moss on May 13, 2008 at 12:33pm — No Comments

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