Thanks to some techniques used by employers, so-called "little fibs" can be easily spotted. Being caught in a lie will not only ruin your chances of getting the job, it can also do serious damage to your overall reputation. It's hard to get rid of a reputation as a liar even if the lie wasn't that big.
So before you consider fibbing a little in your resume, consider these four ways that employers can discover the truth:
- Background Checks: Employers usually perform standard background screens on candidates. They will look for discrepancies between what you tell them and what their reports reveal.
- Red Flags: Hiring managers will be suspicious of unexplained gaps in employment or a hesitance to explain the reason behind your departure from that last job. Employers can easily find phone numbers for the places you said you worked to verify that you were once employed.
- Social Networking Sites: Sites such as Facebook or LinkedIn contain information that will help employers verify information of which they are unsure.
- Gut Check: A lot of hiring managers will simply trust their gut and not hire you if something about your resume bugs them.