HR is on the look out for these lies. Sometimes we can cost ourselves a manager’s position by trying to cover up problems. Think your answers through. Try them out on people who understand hiring, not your friends. You can work with a recruitment firm such as www.geckohospitality.com to help you get hired, or maybe hire a freelance hiring manager to help you find the right answers for the job interview questions.
Just remember that the ‘right answer’ might cost you the job. Here are some examples.
1. I wasn’t fired. I quit.
Quitting is not a good thing. If you quit before a year, or left without a new job, then it can make you appear to be a liability to a new employer. It is like dating a cheater. “..has he left the one he left me for?” What is to prevent you from doing the same thing to a new employer?
It is very difficult to come up with a good reason for leaving a job in less than a year. It is also very difficult to explain why you left without a new job. It shows a lack of planning and irresponsibility that you may use in your new job, a bad thing for your new employer.
There is also the fact that the interviewer may just assume that you are lying and dismiss your application.
2. Responsibility, salary, and job salary in previous position.
It may seem ‘self sabotaging’ to lie about something that is so easily verified. Most experienced hiring manager’s know the industry standards. They know the job descriptions of the different jobs. Your resume will signal out these lies. Your body language, outfit, the way you articulate yourself, and how you handle problems are also ‘triggers’ that can signal whether your claims are a lie.
Instead of lying, highlight how you’ve prepared for a better job. Highlight the courses you’ve done, any volunteer or intern work, and self improvement.
3. Grades, Experience, Qualifications.
The number one reason for lying about these is to impress future employers. The second reason is to get a big pay increase. Both of these can be justified, but you may want to rethink your strategy. Claiming to have high grades is good, but not if your communication style, problem solving abilities, and behavior do not support your claim.
Aptitude also plays a role. You may not have the highest GPA, but your aptitude tests all say you are the perfect candidate for a hospitality job.
4. Any ‘blaming others.’
People who blame others also lie. It is a learned behavior. It shows a lack of confidence, a low self-esteem, and fear. It is a survival mechanism. It also shows a lack of maturity and self-awareness. You cannot grow as a human, or a manager, if you do not accept responsibility.
5. Lies of omission
Not all lies are the ones you tell. What about the conviction that is ‘almost off your record?’ What about the job you lied to get – then lost after 3 months because you couldn’t do the job? The job that you left off your resume.
The Consequences of Lying
But the damage to your hospitality career doesn’t end there. You lose vow to never lie again. You correct your resume. But now you have a few jobs where you performed poorly.
Would leaving them off be lying? How do you explain the employment gap? You’re asked in the interview why you left your previous job. They are going to ask previous employers what they thought.
This hiring manager learns the truth from your previous employer. Now they know. But worse, they know you lied. There go your chances for a new job.