Lying To Find Work
Lying To Find Work
One in five Brits has admitted to lying in an interview and on an application form to get the job of their dreams, a new survey has revealed.
The lies told range from age and qualifications to giving false information about previous jobs held and the reasons for leaving, and taking in supporting documents that dont belong to you.
The biggest surprise was peoples willingness to lie with 68% having been tempted to tell a fib. Only 10% claim that lying in an interview or on a job application has never crossed their minds.
Graduates are the least likely to lie believing their qualifications will speak for themselves, with the recently unemployed most likely to tell an untruth to get back into the world of work.
People stepping up the career ladder, especially in the media and design are the most inclined to produce false supporting documents in a bid to climb the career ladder.
Twenty eight per cent admitted to using work in their portfolio that isnt theres with 32% saying theyve been tempted but havent had the nerve to carry it through.
The survey, carried out by Inventium, also revealed that 28% of people have told future employers they left a job out of choice, when the truth is they were sacked, and 22% are loath to say theyve recently been made redundant for fear of it making them sound expendable.
Now liars can be caught out thanks to a new test developed by Inventium designed to check whether people are telling the truth in how creative and innovative they are.
A spokesperson from Inventium said: Lying in a job interview or on a job application form is a pretty easy thing to do. More often than not, its not premeditated, it just happens. The lies are often small ones which will have very little bearing in whether a company decides to take a person on.
Others, like telling untruths about previous jobs and taking in examples of work that arent yours are more damaging, particularly if youre aggressively climbing the career ladder.
Employers do become frustrated and annoyed when a new recruit starts and he or she doesnt live up the hype. After all, theyve invested in the person they thought they were taking on and if that person doesnt perform as they expect, theyre unlikely to see out the probation period.
The team at Inventium has recently developed a psychometric assessment to check the creative abilities of potential new recruits and identify whether theyll fit into the workplace.
The spokesperson concluded: Creativity and innovation are the two things that bring a business bang up to date and ready to compete with others in its sector. Finding recruits who fit the bill is hard so this test has been developed to find truly innovative people, who arent lying about their abilities.
The Inventium Creative Aptitude Test has been trialled on 1,500 people, and trust me, its certainly capable of picking out the liars!