Necessity is the mother of invention?
The need for some applicants is very innovative when it comes to the details in the CV: the work of the copying practice is re-evaluated to the demanding holiday representation, the waiter job becomes a demanding management activity and the beach holiday in Australia becomes an overseas semester with an internship.
For those who are looking for a new job today must meet high standards. If you can not show that, then you have a problem - especially if the list of rejections is getting longer and longer and the gap in your CV gets bigger and bigger. What could be more appropriate than to style your own CV a little to fit perfectly into the job profile. But flunking can be quite eye-catching: Even after years, this can fall back on one.
Why are applicants lying?
But why are applicants still lying? There is a good reason for this: The job requirements are usually so high that some applicants like to take on all sorts of tricks in order to obtain the coveted job. Example: Areas of responsibility: What exactly one has done in the old job can usually not be substantiated as well as soft skills - and therefore the likelihood that the information will be checked is comparatively low.
In addition, a little exaggeration does not appear to many as a lie according to the motto “Everyone does that” because the demarcation is actually fluid. Many applicants even believe that it depends above all on how well you can sell and are really proud of their clever descriptions of the truth. Hingen most believe that too much honesty can even be interpreted as naivety and stupidity.
A little lies are allowed?
But trained personnel remember quickly in the interview when lied: body language and facial expressions are treacherous. For example, nervousness, twitching of the mouth or rolling eyes indicate lies. In addition, the recruitment experts are happy to ask control questions to verify the truth.
So they like to control information on social skills with questions about the hobby: Who likes to do things alone in his free time, will hardly be able to work well with others in his job. And false information about professional experience will be available at the latest during the probationary period.
The boundaries are fluid
For example, if you specify language skills, you should be able to speak fluently in that language. It can happen that you are being tested in a job interview by a native speaker. Also, stays abroad that are spent as a study trip should be documented by certificates from courses or excellent language skills.
It is also a little risky for many to lie in former areas of the problem. For, what exactly one did with his old student job, is usually in no testimony, so the danger of the discovery is small. But be careful: some staffers then inquire at the previous employer. At the latest in the trial period, the truth comes to light and is then a reason for giving notice.
And the highly cursed, but always very spongy soft skills such as team skills or organizational skills too much to gloss over, can come to mind. After all, recruiters like to ask questions to check the truth. For example, they are able to check the social skills of their hobby with questions about the hobby: those who like to do things alone in their spare time will hardly be able to work together with others in the workplace.
Why lies is problematic
It is understandable that someone invents internships abroad, social activities or even jobs to close gaps in the curriculum vitae, which are a problem especially for young professionals without experience with everyone Casting gets bigger.
A trivial offense that is by no means. Because if it comes out, and be it only by a stupid coincidence that the CV was a fake, years later is still a reason for termination.
After all, things get really serious when it comes to falsified university or job references: not only can each employer clarify the truth with a few phone calls, but you can also be prosecuted for document falsification.
If you are caught doing this, you can hardly make a legal excuse: even the manipulation by "incorrect copying" is criminal. So if you put on too thick when lying, you risk not only your good reputation - employers are often networked with each other - but also a criminal complaint.
How much fancy is allowed?
But what can be done without problems? It is quite clear that whoever has certain abilities can say that, whether or not one can prove it through testimonies. In order to stand out against the mass of the painters, one should not only list qualifications, but also describe in detail what one has done. And whoever is sympathetic and impresses the employer with personality rather than with a more beautiful competency sometimes gains more than he believes.
Anyone who can score less with their subject-specific skills, by the way, legitimately emphasizes other aspects - such as social skills. It is also permissible to present things a little more positively than they really are: for example, the ground for termination. However, it is important that no one can prove otherwise.
Lies in the application: 13 tips
Self-presentation is needed when applying: But where does the beauty of truth stop and where does the lies begin? We will show you what you have to be aware of.
- Caution foreign language test: If you have very good language skills, you should be able to speak fluently in that language. It can happen that you have to talk to a native speaker in an interview.
- Crack point softskills: We also like to lied about the soft skills that you can not prove. But beware: At the latest in the probationary period, the truth comes to light and is then a reason for termination.
- Even without certificates: What is true, you can say! If you have certain abilities, you can say that, no matter if you can prove it through credentials.
- Jump out of the crowd: To set yourself apart from the mass of fair-trade: Do not just list qualifications, but describe in detail what you did.
- Emphasize the positive aspects: If you can score less with the subject skills, it is perfectly legitimate to emphasize other aspects - such as social skills.
- A little beauty is allowed: It is permissible to present things a little more positively than they really are: for example, the cause of termination. However, it is important that no one can prove otherwise.
- Personnel ask for: However, some HR professionals inquire with the previous employer. This can be obvious, if you have previously glossed over too much.
- Stays abroad as a study trip? Of course, it makes sense to make a study trip from your stay abroad. But you should be able to prove this with testimonials from courses - or excellent language skills.
- Never falsify credentials: Whether this is the diploma or a certificate of employment: The document falsification can come years later still by a stupid coincidence and then threaten criminal charges and termination without notice.
- No excuses! Anyone caught caught in the falsification of documents can also find it difficult to talk themselves out: Even the manipulation by "incorrect copying" is criminal.
- Apply only for suitable jobs: In order not to run the risk, to lie: Apply precisely. Less is more: use more care on the few applications.
- How well do you have to fit into the profile? Of course, you can not meet all the requirements that are required in a job posting. But as a guideline, you should already meet two-thirds of the requirements.
- Your CV does not fit the profile? Be sympathetic and impress the employer with personality rather than lies.
Conclusion: Applying for the best is better than lying
In order not to run the risk of lying at all: better advertise accurately, ie to places whose requirements exactly match their own profile. Certainly the selection of suitable jobs will be lower. But: Less is more in the case, because instead of standardized mass applications, then you use the few applications more care.
Of course, nobody can meet all the requirements that are required in a job posting. But as a guideline, that two-thirds of the requirements should already fit.
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