There are some clear-cut signs that someone is lying on their resume.
There’s the fudged job title that doesn’t match, like when a resume says one thing that doesn’t appear anywhere on an online social media profile. Don’t forget about candidates who lie about their current employment, when in fact they’ve either been terminated or left said job. Employment gaps and odd job titles are among the lies that are often seen, according to hiring managers.
Whether you think a little white lie is no big deal, lying on your resume or in other places of business isn’t a smart bet — and it’ll make you look like a fool on the internet.
On the Reddit subforum “r/AskReddit,” one user asked a simple question: “Hiring managers of reddit: what are some telltale sign that your candidate is making things up?”
The thread, which has been upvoted more than 40,000 times, received more than 7,500 comments from hiring managers across various industries. Here are some of the best ones based on the number of points received by Reddit users.
Reddit user BaconReceptacle said he hires many technicians for IT positions. IT is an extremely technical job where you can’t fake your way around the park, but he’s had a few stories including this one:
“As someone who has hired many technicians in IT positions, I’m amazed at how many people would fake highly technical knowledge. I remember I needed a telecom engineer with very specific knowledge of a very specific voice system. I was getting suspicious of this one candidate so I started asking about the exact syntax of command lines and this guy was actually throwing out made up commands! I was both fascinated and annoyed.”
One user, Free_Dome_Lover, went a different route when a hiring manager asked them about a “certain variation of SQL” (Structured Query Language), opting to be truthful which worked out well in the end.
“My last dev job I was asked how much I knew about a certain variation of SQL. I’ve been a strong SQL guy for years but haven’t used this type. I just said ‘yeah I haven’t used that but I’m a top notch googler’,” the user said. “Got the job, in part because I appeared truthful.”
Think twice before Googling
Searching skills are often important in any field of work, but when interviewing via video conference, don’t Google while interviewing.
“One woman I interviewed literally took a pause and read the answers to the questions straight off of Google (online Skype Interview),” said the user. “I noticed it because they were really weird pauses and googled it myself and literally followed along like subtitles.”
Shyless21 said in a follow-up post that they continued the interview with the female candidate but threw it away after.
“It was just embarrassing,” the Reddit user said.
Another user, tvb1313, kept a close eye during one interview when the applicant was caught searching while on the interview.
“When you’re doing a video interview and you can watch them try to google stuff in the reflection of their glasses,” the user wrote. “Small props for being clever though, he was paraphrasing the question back to me as a way to use the voice assistant.”
This is definitely not a wise approach to a job interview.
Reddit user Laxice7, who works for an architecture firm, said one candidate attached one of the firm’s projects in her portfolio.
“Exactly same 3d rendering,” the user wrote. “It wasn’t even listed on the company website, how she got it is still baffling. The hiring manager just played along.”
The best of the rest
“Putting fluent in English on their resume and not knowing a word of English when I conduct the interview in English,” wrote one user.
Fake titles: “Some places do love inflated titles though. One of mine was “director of imaging department” – I taught people how to use the scanner. It’s ridiculous.”
“I jokingly have myself the title ‘senior sustenance relocation technician.’ I delivered pizza.”
“We had an interview candidate who said their Excel skills were “9.5 out of 10″ and they knew how to do Pivot tables.
They literally started crying when we brought out a laptop for the skills test and asked them to make a pivot table out of sample data,” said a user.
And for one, final laugh:
“A candidate once said something like ‘Proficient in both Mac and HP.'”