It is said that honesty is the best policy. When it comes to a Job interview this is the policy you must follow as every rule in the book says that lying in a job interview would put you on a demerit platform if scrutinised by the interviewer. Of course certain situation arises due to which you feel obliged to lie, but we are all human beings; we all make mistakes. But admitting to the mistake and coming out in a positive light by showing an attitude of acceptance towards criticism is what your interviewer will look for in you. Also your honesty in an interview is a judge of you behavioural integrity so avoid the blunder, avoid lying. Stated below are 5 lies that you should avoid in an interview.
1. Real Scenario: You have a core subject paper that you could not clear. This obviously has put a red mark on your academic card.
Lie generally said: ” My health was in a terrible condition and thus I could not concentrate on my examinations.”
This is a terrible lie. An intelligent and even slightly experienced interviewer will know your lying which would lead to a bad first impression. Instead go for the honest way but in a very diplomatic manner. You can say that during that time of your college life you had gone a little astray and had taken academics lightly. But this failure has been an eye opener for you. Ever since then you have been a hard worker as a result of which you had made up for your failure with future successes.
2. Real Scenario: You have been asked about your extra-curricular activities. The co-curricular activities you have taken part in has not really boosted your CV in the way you expected.
Possible Lies: ” I have done so and so things, have been appreciated for so and so. This is one of the biggest success when it came to curriculum in our University.”
Remember your interviewer knows exactly what he or she is looking for in the candidate to be hired. So it of no use trying to boost it up, the interviewer has been there done that. Instead be honest and tell the interviewer about your student activities in college and focus on the dedication with which you pursued the activity you took part in. That is what a interviewer will want to hear- your dedication towards the job at hand.
About Your Previous Job
3. Real Scenario: You have been asked about why you had to leave your last job. Actually you have been fired or laid off.
Lies that come up: “I had resigned as I did not prefer certain aspects of so and so company.”
Your interviewer has done their background search. So this lie would be a big mistake. Instead be honest and relate the real circumstances that led to you being fired or laid off. As a positive note mention that you are open to new challenges and believe that in life failures are pillars to success. You have thus failed and risen and if employed you will never disappoint.
Money vs Experience and Interest
4. Real Scenario: The common question has been asked: “Money or Experience and Proficiency in work?”
Most Common Lie: ” Proficiency, an interest towards your job and aspects that come with experience are far more important than money.”
Well, this is a harmless lie in comparison. But nevertheless in a professional scenario we all know that money matters, so need not pretend. Be straightforward yet diplomatic by saying that yes money is important in life and big packages do attract a huge number of candidates. But there is no alternative to experience, proficiency and an interest in what you do. It obviously feels great being paid for something you love to do and since the company is offering you that chance you wish to be a part of it.
5. Real Scenario: You have been in some kind of behavioural conflict which your interviewer has done a background check on.
Lies that are said: ” It was due to so and so that I was led to do such a thing.”
Avoid this. Right Away. Once again relate the real situation and do not try to put a blame on someone else. This creates a very negative impression as the interviewer will appreciate it more if you focus more on your behavioural faults that had led to the circumstances you had been in.