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Big Surprise, Lying in Interviews

December 15, 2023

Most people aren’t totally honest when they answer questions like, “Why did you leave your previous role? “Where do you see yourself in five years?” and “Why do you want to work here?” during job interviews. In fact, a whopping 80% of workers say they’ve lied in a job interview, and 44% admitted to frequently lying, according to an August survey from ResumeLab from 1,900 respondents. But it is getting worse.

Hiring managers are perhaps more distrusting than ever in believing applicants are presenting themselves accurately, as more people are using generative AI to craft their application materials, like resumes and cover letters, and even answers to potential interview questions and writing assessments.

Almost half of job seekers used generative AI in job applications this year, a Gartner survey found. The ResumeLab survey also found that applicants with higher education levels — those holding master’s or doctoral degrees — reported the highest instances of lying in interviews (85%), followed by those without a college degree (71%). Candidates with a bachelor’s or associate’s degree were least likely to lie (63%).

Source: WorkLife 11/30/23


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