How to deal with top 5 resume lies

 | July 10,2013 12:47 pm IST

Yahoo’s CEO Scott Thompson lost his job in 2012 for lying about his computer science degree in his resume and was forced to resign when the truth was revealed.

According to a recent AOL survey, 78 percent of respondents admitted to using faltered resume when applying for a job.

Therefore, before moving on to do something similar analyze thoroughly.

If it is still tempting you, try the most popular ways to fool employers during a job search. Each trick comes with its own traps.

1. Exaggerating your abilities and accomplishments on your resume
For instance, many people lie about their knowledge of computers in their resume. They portray knowledge as proficiency.
The reward: You are more likely to be called for the interview.
The risk: Your true abilities might expose in the interview and you may lose the job.
The advice: Emphasize your best skill that applies to the job.

2. Lying about how much you “loved” your last job in an interview
It is advisable to glorify your work history, as no employer would like to hire an employee who clashes with the management. But be honest about your expectations from the next job.
The reward: You will be considered a good fit and a fun candidate.
The risk: You may end up in similar job conditions.
The advice: Be honest about what you want to accomplish in the target position.

3. Lying about why you left your last job
Almost all of us face this question during a job interview. However, we would never want to tell the hiring manager that you were fired or not getting along with your manager.
The reward: Avoid the negative impression of being fired or tough person to get along with.
The risk: The hiring manager may contact your previous employer and find out the truth.
The advice: Try to paint your breakup in a positive light, but don’t lie about what transpired.

4. Inflating your job performance
Employers like to measure job performance with statistics and rankings. It is tempting to boast before the hiring manager about being the star employee in your previous company, even though it is not true.
The reward: You will be successful in creating an impact on the HR manager.
The risk: Your references may reveal the truth.
The advice: Truth may be exposed one day, thus be cautious.

5. Lying about your salary history
Most people lie about their past salary to reach salary of their expectations. But hiring managers do expect a little number tampering these days, thus use better ways to increase you pay package.
The reward: You may get the salary you want.
The risk: Hiring managers generally contact previous employers to crosscheck salary details
The advice: Negotiate for a higher paycheck rather than lying about your salary history. You will definitely get if you are worth it.