In an earlier hiring tip I mentioned a trip I made to my local Barnes and Nobles bookstore.
While there, I looked over the books that were available for both employers and prospective employees.
The number of books available on just the subject of resumés was staggering. And, for the most part, these were current books.
Today I went to Amazon’s web site and typed the keyword “resumé” into the search box for books. Amazon sells a ton of other items these days: software, music, household goods, etc, so I wanted to see how many books were available associated with the keyword resumé.
The number of items returned was 8,610.
Eight thousand, six hundred and ten.
I looked through the first 100 and 99 of them were about writing a great resumé. The one that didn’t mention resumé in its title was a book about LinkedIn.
The books were promoting a range of benefits to the reader:
Now I’m all for doing something right. And if I’m looking for a job, I’d like to find out how to write a great resumé.
But, I want my resumé to be honest and accurate.
There’s a difference between saying something a certain way that communicates well versus downright exaggeration. Or worse, a complete fabrication.
Not everyone you interview is going to have studied the subject of writing a great resumé. And a good percentage of those who have will still give you a legit report of themselves.
But there will be some who will use the resumé to inflate their history and experience.
The most direct approach of course is to inquire about anything you sense may be “not quite right” or perhaps an exaggeration.
Most people have a difficult time effortlessly lying. What I mean by this is, they’ll usually display some kind of discomfort while communicating an untruth or a half truth.
So ask away and pay close attention to their mannerisms. If your questioning about a certain area produces a little flinching or fidgeting, this could be an area worthy of further inquiry.
If you discover your applicant isn’t being honest with you, then of course you need to factor that into your hiring decision.
As a personality trait, honesty may not be as valued today as it was some years ago. Perhaps there is a higher level of “agreement” these days that it’s okay to fudge one’s resumé; that it’s okay to stretch the truth when applying for a job.
I can’t tell you where to draw the line on this, but if you’re interviewing someone who feels it’s okay to exaggerate or fabricate to get the job, then how do you envision that person’s performance for you later on?
I can tell you this: There are folks out there who do place a great deal of importance on being truthful. Holding out for them might make all the difference in the world for your bottom line.
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