Resume Lie Statistics

The Lies People Tell to Get a Job [INFOGRAPHIC]
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Bottom line is, do not lie on your resume. Why? You will get caught one way or the other. And even if you get hired, you will always have to live up to your narrative while being employed.

How will you get caught, you might ask. Oh, let me count the ways. Hiring managers can catch your lie by using the following methods.

Employment verification
Employers can verify your current and previous roles with just one phone call.

Background check
A background check is always part of any applicant screening process. A major inconsistency can immediately place your resume in the reject pile.

Referee verification
Hiring managers can always check with the referees you listed on your resume. So, it is recommended that you talk to them first before adding them to your resume.

During the job interview, make sure that you can back up what’s on your resume with enough proof. Hiring managers can identify any discrepancy in what you say and what’s on your resume.

University check
Similar with an employment verification, employers can always check with the university about your degree.

Skills test
Most companies give their applicants a skills test to determine their competency for the role. Make sure you can walk the talk.

Internet search
Almost everything’s on the internet. And with today’s technology, Google and social media makes it easier for hiring managers to gather and verify information about you. Another good reason why you shouldn’t lie on your resume.


As the saying goes, honesty is the best policy. Yes, it also applies in any job application. Instead of lying about the qualifications you lack, discuss the steps you are taking to improve your craft or skill. This can be more attractive to a hiring manager and can also show your integrity and humility.


(updated 2021)

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