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The Truth About Lying During a Job Interview

Telling the whole truth about yourself in a job interview may mean losing a position to a better-qualified candidate. But the alternative -- lying about your degree, qualifications or experience for short-term gain -- inevitably will come back to haunt you.  If anything, lying at a job interview is a sure way to court disaster:

It also helps to point out that it is possible to rebuild trust once deception has come to light – difficult, but not impossible (see, rebuilding trust).  However, even though we aren't likely to get caught when we mislead others, using deception can still be problematic even when it is not detected.  Using deception, whether it comes to light or not, creates distance in a relationship.

Lying about a criminal background that is not disclosed is grounds for an automatic dismissal.  This  may reveal itself when a company does the customary background check after the interview.  It's best to be honest.  If you have a misdemeanor or felony conviction, find a way to answer this question directly and to the point.

Drug Testing & Other Conditions of Employment

While some may consider drug testing, credit checks, reference checks, and other pre-employment checks to be Gestapo tactics, they are a requirement for many companies. And, yes, in most cases they are legal. Remember that little section of legalese at the end of the employment application you didnt really read? Your signature on that document is what gives them the right. So be ready to live up to the terms to which you have already agreed. By the way, if you look closely at your acceptance letter, you may notice that the offer is contingent on you passing whatever pre-employment checks and/or tests they may have. Even if it isnt in the letter, it was probably contained within the application you signed earlier. Most employers consider these tests to be conditions of employment, and these conditions can be in effect even after you have started with the company.

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