“Don’t lie! For the love of all that is good, do not – I repeat: do not – tell any lies in your job interview!”
That’s probably one of the most common pieces of advice you’ve received and, for the most part, you should follow it. After all, honesty is the best policy, and telling the truth is simply the right thing to do. But, telling lies – little white lies – might not be that bad after all. In fact, they could very well help you land your dream job.
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1. “I’m Considering Leaving My Current Job Because This Opportunity Seems Too Good to Pass Up”
But, in reality, you want to leave your current job for an entirely different reason. However, whether the reason is your boss is a pervert, your colleagues are idiots, your workload is overwhelming and you haven’t had a day off since 2008, or your salary can’t fund your pot-smoking habit, it’s best to come up with something that will actually make employers want to hire you and not scare them away.
By telling them they’re offering an opportunity that “seems too good to pass up”, you’re giving them the best compliment a business could ask for – and who doesn’t like receiving compliments? Exactly: no one.
2. “Yes, I Have Only Worked for These Three Companies”
You also worked for another seven companies, but they don’t need to know about that. This is especially true if your stints at those other seven companies were short-lived, i.e.: you only lasted a couple of weeks there. If your resume consists of multiple jobs that you held for a short period of time, you might want to consider removing them because they simply don’t make you look good. On the contrary, you’ll appear to be irresponsible and that you can hardly hold down a job.
Any jobs that only lasted a couple of weeks, that you were fired from, or where you burned bridges on your way out should be removed from your resume if you want to avoid awkwardly explaining why you were fired from five jobs in a row.
3. “I Loved Everyone on My Old Team”
Well, put it this way – it sounds far much better than this: “I liked working with everyone on my old team… except Lisa, who is incredibly loud and annoying as hell. I also didn’t like working with Mike because he’s just so dumb. And Maggie was a gossip, and Stephen was just an ass-kisser. Basically, I hated everyone at my old job except Frank. No, I also hated him, too.”
Even if the people on your old team were horrible excuses for human beings who deserve to have their names bookended by those of Adolf Hitler and Joseph Stalin, employers are looking to hire team players. And if you aren’t one, or at least don’t make it seem that you are one, then you aren’t getting a job anytime soon.
4. “My Last Boss Was Simply the Best”
Those seven words that have just come out of your mouth make you sick because you know you don’t really mean them. Your last boss was anything but “the best”. He was a sneaky, manipulative, lying [insert every negative adjective in the English language here] pig. And the only way you survived working under his tyranny was imagining pushing him in front of a bus and then getting trampled on by a stampede of sumo wrestlers.
You truly hated his guts (if that Voodoo doll of him you keep in the basement wasn’t a clear-cut sign) but you might want to leave all that out when interviewing for another job. Even if you have every right to complain about and badmouth your old boss, you should save it for later when you’re around family and friends – not potential bosses. If they hear you talk sh*t about an old boss, it’ll make them feel uncomfortable and they’ll also wonder whether you’ll do the same about them down the road.
5. “My Interests Include Reading, Traveling, and Charity Work”
As an avid reader who rather enjoys the work of Shakespeare, you’ll show that you have a thirst for knowledge and that you might be a good researcher. As someone who likes travelling, you’ll be perceived to be open-minded, curious, and resilient. And if you’re involved in charity work, then you’ll be viewed as a caring, enthusiastic people-person. And that’s exactly what employers are looking for.
Sadly, your actual hobbies include spending most of your waking hours scrolling through 9gag and punching the lights out of pedestrians in Grand Theft Auto V… which, as you might imagine, isn’t exactly what makes for an ideal candidate. Of course, you could express your love for video games in your interview if – and only if – it directly relates to the company you’re applying to.
What other little white lies have you told in an interview to help you get the job? Tell us in the comments section below, and don’t forget to share this article with family and friends who are currently on the job hunt!