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Hiring Managers Report 5 Most Common Lies on Resumes
- Published on Mon | 13 Nov 2006
Fifty-seven percent of hiring managers say they have caught a lie on a candidate's application, according to an online survey by CareerBuilder.com.
The most common résumé lie cited by hiring managers is stretched dates to cover up employment gaps, with nearly one-in-five hiring managers saying they have found this on a candidate's application. Other top résumé lies include:
Past employers (18 percent)
Academic degrees and institutions (16 percent)
Technical skills and certifications (15 percent)
Accomplishments (8 percent)
The survey, which included more than 2,200 workers and more than 1,000 hiring managers, found that just 5 percent of workers admit to fibbing on their résumés.
Among hiring managers who say they have caught a lie, 93 percent did not hire the candidate. Forty-three percent of hiring managers say they would automatically dismiss a candidate who fibbed on their résumé. Others say it depends on the candidate and situation.