Some employers want you to work for them so bad that they invent a series of lies just to get you on board. In fact, many companies play dirty in an attempt to recruit the top talent and as such start making promises that they can’t keep. Most often they talk about the benefits of working at their company including their unique workplace culture, work environment and other bonuses that you get by becoming their employee.
This game is called ‘employment branding’ and it’s used to lure candidates like you right into the spider’s trap. Making their company look more attractive automatically influences you to get to know more about the company and reconsider the job offer.
Here are some of the lies employers use to get you to take the job:
#1 ‘There is a lot of opportunity for advancement’
Since they know what you are after in a job, employers will refer to the opportunities for advancement to get you to accept the job. They might tell you that the position offers many opportunities for professional development to convince you that there are many skills that you can acquire from the job, even though it may just be a routine job.
#2 ‘You will have additional help when you need it’
They assure you that although the job can be demanding and requires a lot of work you will have help when you need it. On other occasions, they might tell you that they’ll even get you an assistant to work with when your workload is demanding.
#3 ‘You’ll have a flexible work schedule, and you can even work from home’
The ability to work remotely isn’t something that many companies can offer. So by promising you a more flexible work schedule as well as the ability to work from home, they hope that you will put them at the top of the list of employers you would like to work for. Essentially they are trying to make their company stand out from the pack so that you want to work for them.
#4 ‘There’s going to be extensive training’
Extensive training means one thing, and that’s a lot of work. While this sounds demanding, it’s something that you wish every company could offer. Training is, in fact, a very good thing as it can be a healthy addition to your skillset and work experience. You’ll get to learn things step-by-step, and you won’t be left alone in the back corner of the office wondering what you are doing. That is only if the employer keeps his/her word though.
#5 ‘There are many interesting projects waiting for you’
There’s no denying that there are new and exciting projects within the role. However, a company’s goals can change at any point and working in line with the priorities might require a change in the company’s original plans. In order to ensure that there’s going to be an opportunity for you to challenge yourself, ask the employer about previous projects and how the last employee was able to demonstrate his/her skills in the role.
#6 ‘You will mostly be working independently’
Most candidates prefer to have minimal supervision over their work. They don’t like micromanaging and hate having to give reports to higher executives. Employers know that too well. That’s why they are likely to promise that you are going to work independently or even get your own office with a sea view once hired. If this sounds too good to be true, you will know to refuse the offer.
#7 ‘Your salary will double in a short time’
Sadly not many are able to grant this wish to their prospective employees. It’s only logical that after some months working at the company you may get a raise, but this won’t happen overnight. As such, employers cannot guarantee doubling your income unless it’s clearly written in your employment contract. They might say that in the interview but this doesn’t mean they will keep their word. They are simply taking advantage of your willingness to work focusing on the income.
Just like job applicants choose to lie on their resumes about their qualifications and skills, employers also use this strategy - more often that you think.
At your next interview, you better be prepared to ask questions in regards to the job, but also the company. Get to know as much as possible about the organisation and ask for them to give examples, so that you are able to choose whether this employer can accommodate your needs or not.
If employers start beating about the bush without providing you with a clear cut, straight-forward answer then you know that they are not being entirely honest with you…
So, have you ever experienced anything like this before? What was your reaction? Feel free to share your own experiences in the comments section below.