If you think you’ve heard it all, you’re either a therapist or a recruiter. (Of course,sometimes people treat their recruiters and HR people in general like therapists, but that’s another post.) The thing is, when much of your job is spent evaluating people and talking with them, you learn to spot lies pretty darn quick.
Some of these lies are little things, and don’t matter. “How are you today?” “Great!” Let’s face it–very few of us are actually great when we interview, as we’re nervous that we have spinach in our teeth or something worse.
Elizabeth Webster, senior staffing manager in WinterWyman Contract Staffing’s accounting, finance, and administrative division, was so kind as to let us into the types of lies recruiters hear every day of their lives.
1. The reason you left your previous role
This one comes up often. Being fired does not make you a bad candidate!It’s a difficult conversation to have, but it’s important to be truthful about the real reason you left your last role. Some of the brightest and most successful people in the world have been fired at some point in their careers. It is only debilitating to your job search if you lie about it. A proficient recruiter can help you figure out how to relay this information appropriately in an interview and present yourself in the best light. When you bend the truth, it creates anxiety and can negatively affect your performance. If you are open, you’ll be prepared for the reference checks and employment verifications, and the possibility the companies you are interviewing with may have someone in their network from your old company. I realize it can be scary to share this information with your recruiter, but the more we know, the better we can help you.
To keep reading, click here: The Most Popular Lies Recruiters Hear Every Day (and Why You Should Avoid Them)