It’s Spring Break in Michigan, so I’m going to step away from the daily grind and throw some Reruns at you! You guys remember Rerun, from What’s Happening? (look it up, kids!) So, enjoy the Reruns, they’re some of my favorites!
Originally ran July 2013 –
Every Monday morning I have a meeting with my recruiting team – it’s a great way to kick off the week – we share what we are working on, we talk about problems we are having on specific searches so the team can share ideas and tips, maybe even a possible candidate they know of, etc. We also share stories! Monday mornings are great for sharing recruiter stories – horrible interviews, funny excuses candidates have, negotiating nightmares – you name it, we talk about it!
I was reminded this week how bad of liars candidates can be – we get a lot of candidate lying stories in Monday morning meetings! So, as a shout out to my Recruiters – and all recruiters – I wanted to put together a list of the Top Candidate Lies. When I started thinking about all the lies, I found I could break it down by category – so here goes – hit me in the comments if you have a favorite that you get – or think of one I missed:
The Education Lies
– “I have all the credits, I just didn’t graduate.”
– “I did all the classes, I just need to pay the fees to graduate.” (so you spent 4+ years going to school, got done, but that last couple of hundred dollars stopped you from graduating…)
– “I graduated from ‘State U’, but it was a long time ago, I’m not sure why they can’t verify my degree.”
– “I had a 3.0 GPA in my ‘core’ classes, but a 1.9 GPA overall…”
– “Well, it was an Engineering/Business degree.”
The Background Check Lies
– “No, I’m not on drugs.” Then fails drug screen. “Oh, you meant Marijuana as a drug…”
– “She told me she was 18.”
– “They told me in court that never would be on my file, so I didn’t think I needed to tell you.”
– “No, I don’t have a felony.” (Oh, that felony! But that was in Indiana…)
The Experience Lies
– “When you said Java, I thought you meant experience making coffee.”
– “I was a part of the ‘leadership’ team that was responsible for that implementation.” (So, basically you knew of a project that happened while you were working there…)
The No-Show Interview Lies
– “My car broke down.” (Either through some fantastic wrinkle in space, or gigantic amount of lying, candidates have more car trouble per capita than anyone else ever in the world who has driven a car)
– “I couldn’t find the location.” (So, your answer to this dilemma was to turn around and go home and not call and let us know you got lost?)
– “My son/daughter got sick, so I can’t make it.” (Again – crazy coincidences that happen with candidates and sick kids…)
The Termination Lies
– “It was a mutual decision that I left.” (“So, you’ll ‘mutually’ decided that you would no longer have a job?”, is the question I always ask after this statement! Candidates – this statement sounds as stupid as it reads.)
– “I (or any family member) was in a bad accident and in the hospital, so they fired me for not showing up to work.” (No they didn’t – there are some bad companies out there, but no company does this.)
– “I play on a softball team and after games we go out and have a couple drinks. The next morning my boss smelled alcohol and fired me for drinking on the job.” (This was a true lie I got from an employee – it started out as me just giving him a written warning – until I went lunch, not joking – 10 minutes later at the Chili’s down the street from the office, and there he was belly up to the bar drinking a beer…upon cleaning out his desk we found a half a fifth of vodka.)
Here’s my take on candidate lies – candidates continue to lie, because Talent/HR Pros don’t call them out on it. We (HR) also perpetuate this problem by hiring the folks who give you the crappy lie, but don’t hire the folks who come clean and tell you the truth.
Check out my follow up to this post: Top Recruiter Lies!