LIAR for HIRE? THE ADAGE,‘FAKE IT UNTIL YOU MAKE IT’, MAY NOT RING TRUE FOR JOB CANDIDATES ANYMORE.VIREN NAIDU LISTS POPULAR LIES FREQUENTLY QUOTED BY ASPIRANTS DURING JOB INTERVIEWS

PARTNER & EXECUTIVE CREATIVE DIRECTOR,CREATIVELAND ASIA PVT LTD:
“I AM HAPPY WITH MY CURRENT JOB. BUT, I AM LOOKING FOR A CHANGE NOW”: >> Happy people don’t quit. So, let’s get to the point. Not happy with the boss? Not happy with the pay? Not happy with the opportunities? To paint a wrong picture will only raise unnecessary questions and not enable us to judge the candidate correctly.
“MY APPRAISAL IS DUE NEXT MONTH”: >> This is a widely used negotiation tactic and this statement does not ‘empower’ the candidate in anyway. We don’t base our offer on the expected appraisal, but on our assessment of the individual. So, we usually tell them, “If it’s true, let’s meet after a month, since you’ve anyway waited for so long.”
Saagarika Ghoshal,
DIRECTOR – HR,MCC IN: “I WAS A TOP PERFORMER”: >> Even if you were not the best at your previous organisation, candidates tend to positionthemselves favourably using statements like ‘was the employee of the month’ or ‘was among best performers in the team’. They tend to falsely create an impression of being sought-after in the market toincrease their own value.
“MY PERFECTIONISM IS MY BIGGEST WEAKNESS”: >> Some candidates when asked about their developmental areas tend to position their disguised strengths as weaknesses – rarely will you find candidates being really open about their areas of improvement. Most fear being represented unfavourably in front of the recruiter.
“I ALWAYS WANTED TO WORK FOR YOUR COMPANY”: >> When candidates are asked why they would want to join a certain organisation, they tend to over-exaggerate their level of interest and desire, even if they have spent only ten minutes reading about the industry/organisation.
Venkatraman Girish,
SENIOR VP – HR,CORP AFFAIRS AND ADMINISTRATION,JUBILANT FOODWORKS LTD:
“I HAVE ADEQUATE WORK EXPERIENCE FOR THIS POSITION”:
>> They say so to get an extra credit for work experience, which willeventually impact their pay. Sometimes, the organisation quoted is fictitious or the experience forged. Some candidates are under the impression
that the recruiters will not verify the facts. Sometimes, a contractual assignment or an intern position gets exaggerated and is stated as actual work experience.
“I AM STILL EMPLOYED”: >> This is indeed a popular lie as some do lie about being still employed whenactually they have put in their papers or already been relieved by the organisation. This could be because the candidate could have left on a bad note or was asked to leave.
Jayanthi Vaidyanathan,
DIRECTOR,HR,PAYPAL INDIA:
“I HAVE ALL THE SKILLS NEEDED FOR THE JOB”: >> Applicants exaggerate or misrepresent their skills in order to increase their chances of selection. Applicants misquote the extent to which a particular skill was utilised onthe-job. They do so to enhance their chances and also to switch to newer niche skills for which they may not be an outright match.
“I HAVE HANDLED SEVERAL PROJECTS SINGLE-HANDEDLY”: >> Applicants lie about their share of contribution to group/team projects. Often, they would combine their peer’s work to make it appear that they have a better repertoire of skills or say they delivered or led an initiative, which may not be their own in entirety.
Ajay Trehan,
FOUNDER AND CEO,AUTHBRIDGE:
“REFERENCES WILL BE PROVIDED ON REQUEST”: >> Evidently, incorrect references will give positive feedback and if these ‘reporting managers’ and ‘references’ are trusted and believed, the hire may go very wrong.
“I WAS ON A SABBATICAL”: >> People tend to hide an employment gap by either manipulating the tenure of existing employments or state it as a gap taken for personal/health reasons. This is most relevant for jobs they may have chosen to join but did not succeed in doing so or did not stay long enough.
Bobby Kuriakose,
DIRECTOR-HR,FORBES MARSHALL GROUP:
“I CONTRIBUTE TO THE SOCIETY”: >> Though this is intended at knowing more about their value systems, they come up with vague answers.
“I HAVE PLANS TO STAY LONGER WITH THE COMPANY”: >> It’s very amusing to hear from Gen X and Gen Y members that they plan to pursue a long-term career with the organisation. They try to impress by saying they envision a long-term stint. But that is not possible in the truest sense.

Source :The Times of India.
Date : 29/05/2013
Writer : Vikram S Gaikwad

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