Newsflash: Hiring Managers Can Tell If You Are Lying In An Interview
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Newsflash: Hiring Managers Can Tell If You Are Lying In An Interview

should you lie during an interviewFor a candidate, there is a lot riding on the success of a job interview. A new job often translates into a better position that can offer more career growth or a more competitive salary. As a result, interviewees are sometimes motivated to bend the truth. However, this is a practice that should be avoided. Honesty is always the best policy. Lying about your degree, qualifications or experience for short-term gain will inevitably come back to haunt you and can even ruin your career.

While it isn’t always easy to spot when someone is lying, hiring managers are trained to look for telltale signs:

Body language

The telltale signs of someone who isn’t being truthful doesn’t always come down to what a person says; quite a lot of what they don’t say will also serve to give away their dishonesty. Hiring managers read the body language of the candidate as they communicate. Research suggests that when a person is recalling factual events, they look slightly to the right, whereas when they are making something up, their eyes will often gaze to the left. This is to do with where the brain stores information relating to actual events.

Another thing that is more likely to happen when someone is telling a lie is that they will move their body shape slightly away from the person they are speaking with in order to avoid direct contact. They might also place objects as a barrier between themselves and the hiring manager. It is not uncommon for a person telling a lie to partially cover their mouth when they speak, as if to try to hide the lie while it is being spoken.

How you answer questions

Hiring managers also look for signs in how applicants answer questions. During a conversation the applicant might exaggerate the amount of information they give, often adding in irrelevant details or providing very lengthy responses. This happens because they feel uneasy with lying and try to make what they are saying more believable.

As funny as it might sound, often a person’s claims of their honesty might well confirm that they are actually lying. For example, the overuse of phrases such as “to be perfectly truthful” will often act as a clue that the interviewee is telling a lie.

The bottom line

Be yourself! Trust in your skills and your experience. If you have been called for an interview, then a company is potentially interested in you, for a reason. Prepare for your interview and make sure you have real life examples of achievements stored up your sleeve, ready to tell the hiring manager. When landed with curve balls, practiced answers mean that you won’t have to resort to lying. And in the end, if you don’t get the job, don’t worry, just move on. If they didn’t like you, the chances are that you probably would not have enjoyed your time at the company anyway.

By Samantha Collier 

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About Samantha Collier

Samantha Collier is a well-respected social media specialist in the Canadian legal realm. An experienced practitioner of online social networking, Samantha also has experience working in-house in business development for a national IP firm, but has worked in marketing and client acquisition for over 13 years.

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