Press Release November 2009: Would I Lie To You... Yes If It Means I Get The Job

Would I Lie To You...Yes If It Means I Get The Job, the UK's leading recruitment agency review site, has anonymously asked people currently in employment if they lied during the recruitment process with their current and previous jobs and found that 69% had., the UK's leading recruitment agency review site, conducted research to see just how many people had lied to get a job, and why they felt the need to do so. asked 1,277 people who are currently in employment whether they had told untruths to secure a position. They found that 69% of candidates had lied in some way to get their job.

Of the people that admitted bending the truth during the recruitment process, 36% said it was their referee that they had lied about. Over half of people who had used a false referee admitted that they had used a member of their family, whilst 1 in 4 said that they had used a best friend. Nearly 1 in 3 of those that had lied said it was because they had left their last place of work on bad terms.

When asked employees whether they had lied on their CV, it found that 9 in 10 people have bent the truth in one way or another.

Of the people who admitted lying, a quarter said that they had altered a secondary education qualification, with half saying that they did it because they didn't think they would get called up on it as it was so long ago. 1 in 3 said it was because they hadn't achieved the correct grade to get their job. also found that of the people who lied on their CVs nearly 50% had lied about their hobbies and achievements. 1 in 4 people said they were regular gym goers or more active than they actually were. Half admitted that they had lied about playing musical instruments and speaking different languages to spice up their CV. Of the people who lied about their hobbies and achievements 1 in 2 said it was merely to make themselves more interesting and not to actually get the job.

Speaking of the findings, Lisette Howlett MD of said:

"I think that many people have lied to get a job in the past, and these current statistics show that people are still doing so."

She continued;

"I can see why people would consider lying as in this economic situation jobs are few and far between, but by lying in the present you could end up jeopardising things in the future if you are caught."


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