Press Release Oct 2010: Poll Reveals Top 10 Most Common Lies Told In A Job Interview

New research by the UK's only recruitment agency review site has revealed the top 10 most common lies told in a job interview. Topping the poll is lying about the salary received in the previous job, followed by fibs about grades and qualifications.

The UK's only recruitment agency review site conducted research of 1,218 people across the UK to discover what the top 10 most common lies told in job interviews are.  

According to the poll, by www.HireScores.com, the most common lie told in a job interview is the amount of money paid in a previous job, with many telling potential employers that they earned much more in a previous role than they really did.

Topping the poll is lying about the amount of money earned in the previous job (67%), followed by lies about grades or qualifications (61%) and bending the truth about relevant experience (58%).

When asked the multi-answer question, ‘which of the below things have you lied about in a job interview previously?' the top ten most popular answers were:

1.    Salary of previous job - 67%
2.    Grades or qualifications - 61%
3.    Years of relevant experience - 58%
4.    Reason for leaving previous roles - 54%
5.    Commitment to career - 52%
6.    Hobbies and interests - 49%
7.    General skills - 44%
8.    Responsibilities in previous jobs - 38%
9.    Job titles in previous roles - 36%
10.    Marital status - 32%

Of those that were dishonest about the amount of money they earned in their previous role, the majority, 54%, cited that it was because they wanted to receive a ‘drastic salary increase' in a new role.

The most common reason for the respondents lying about their grades or qualifications was to ‘impress' the potential employer with almost two thirds, 64%, agreeing. Similarly, of the 36% that lied about their previous job title, 49% said it was intended to ‘impress' the interviewer.   

The study found that less than 1 in 10 of the respondents, 8%, said they have ‘never' lied in a job interview.

Lisette Howlett, managing director of HireScores.com;

"I would strongly advise against being dishonest in an interview; if you are the right candidate for the role than the employer will probably see this just by meeting and talking with you. Lying in a job interview will only lead the employer to believe that you are capable for the job, when you may not be. Plus, if you get caught out, at best the company will lose confidence in you and at worst you will be dismissed (or not hired in the first place). In our experience most interviewers take even the smallest lie to mean that the candidate cannot be trusted and therefore not hired"

She continued,

"It can be very challenging, searching for the perfect job, and I can see how it may be tempting to improve your CV by including false information. However, in doing this you may find yourself out of your depth in a job that isn't suitable or enjoyable and therefore back on the hunt for the perfect job once again. It may be a cliché, but honesty really is the best policy."