Lying during a job interview is never a good decision. It can destroy your chances of being hired — it’s easier to be caught than you might think. Here are four reasons why you shouldn’t lie in a face-to-face interview:
You will be caught. Keep in mind that your interviewer will look into the details. There will be follow-up questions, and if you choose to lie, you’ll have no choice but to build on the same lie over and over again until you’ve woven a complicated web. Your story, by the end, won’t sound credible, if your interviewer is reasonably savvy. You’ll come across as someone with a lack of familiarity with the job, the company, and worse, a lack of integrity.
Lying about your salary won’t get you a higher offer — you risk being found out through the salary verification process. Don’t even think of lying about your salary in the hopes of getting a higher offer. Companies will verify all the information you provide. If they find out that you’ve lied about your salary, expect to be yanked out of the running. You may be hired only to end up being dropped if the information is verified after you’ve accepted the offer.
Rather than lie about your past salary, focus on what salary you’re seeking in the present.
Lying may greatly affect your references. Your lie will fall apart as soon as the reference checker finds out about the circumstances surrounding your departure from that job. Significant discrepancies will show up.
If you do get away with lying, know that you’ll risk ending up in a job you’ll be fired from. You’ll face more serious consequences once you’re employed. You may struggle to excel, and make it clear that you don’t have the skills and experience for the job.
Being up front and candid with employers about your qualifications is a smarter move than lying. It’s better to be rejected for a job offer rather than getting yourself fired from that job down the line.