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Whatever you do, don’t tell one of these lies in an interview!

You’re prepping for an interview and there is one thing you know for sure: you want this job. But whether or not you land it relies on a series of uncertainties to come: will you and the interviewers hit it off? Will they ask you about or forgive you for your weaknesses? Will someone “better” apply?

After a few practice rounds with the bestie, you’ve crafted the perfect responses to the tough questions. The big day has arrived and you shake off your doubts, walking into the lions’ den with your head held high. I’ll urge you to stop here and consider why you may want to rethink your approach:

  1. Be honest in your flattery. We all know schmoozing will help you get the job, but even the least perceptive interviewers can read through insincerity. Let your future employer know you see this as a valuable opportunity but be honest about the reasons why. Lying about what you love about the company gives you less room to advocate for change where it’s needed and also really hurts your integrity.
  2. Be honest about your weaknesses. You have some…we all do. Candor in the early stages will earn you brownie points, and on the flip side: if you get hired based on a misrepresentation of your abilities…let’s face it – you’re setting yourself up for disappointment and or failure on the job.
  3. Be honest about what motivates you. Employers want to hire hard workers, but that doesn’t mean you should lie about your availability to commit. Drawing your boundaries is good for your wellbeing and as a result it’s also good for your employer. Example: Don’t agree to working overtime on a regular basis if the truth is your personal schedule won’t allow for it.

So next time you’re about to walk into an interview, remember that fudging the truth to manipulate the outcome can backfire! Sometimes the best outcome is rejection.

The right opportunities find you much faster if you’re authentic in your approach and honest about what you’re really after.

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