Stretching the truth
While most candidates won’t tell an outright lie during a job interview, its cousin, embellishment, sometimes makes an appearance.
One common embellishment is to claim a college degree that you haven’t earned. Sometimes candidates think it’s OK to do this because they’re only one or two credits away from completing the degree anyway. However, while some employers don’t make a college degree a job requirement, they certainly won’t hire you if they find out you’ve lied about one.
Other times candidates will inflate their responsibilities at their previous jobs. As you may know, if the interview goes well, the employer will follow up with background or fact-checking to verify the statements you gave and any false information you provided will likely be uncovered.
Most employers are adept at doing “backdoor” reference checks, where they check their network to find references who’ve worked with you or at the same company. These backdoor references are good ways to discover the truth about past responsibilities, performance and the reason for your exit.
Candidates who are overly vague or don’t give specific answers to questions can frustrate interviewers and sometimes even create suspicion.