While it is important to make sure that you are presenting yourself in the best possible way, it’s a bad idea to give an answer that isn’t strictly true! Detailed in this blog post are some of the most important reasons for being honest during interviews.
There are obvious benefits to telling the truth during any interview, but if you were to fabricate certain elements of your CV, or over-elaborate during the interview itself, one of the major risks you run is that often these discrepancies come to light during the referencing phase of a hiring process. So, whether it’s work history, details of your responsibilities, your reasons for leaving a role, or even successes you’ve had within a role, anything that’s uncovered will result in an offer being retracted. This is not only a total waste of your time, but you can irrevocably harm your reputation in that market as a candidate. A lose-lose situation if ever there was one.
When interviewing for more senior positions, exaggerating - or outright lying, can not only damage your own reputation, but can also potentially do irreparable harm to the business itself. This can particularly be the case for small businesses taking on senior sales professionals who lie about their previous successes and experience. Telling the truth does not necessarily mean you will be unsuccessful, it simply means that; if a business views you as the ‘right’ applicant for the position, they know what your ‘gaps’ are and can therefore come up with an adequate training and development plan for you to ensure you succeed within the role.
Being offered a job usually involves multiple interviews, often with several different people. It is much easier to tell the truth than to have to remember made up results or situations. This leaves you open to being caught out when the interviewers confer and more likely to result in a positive outcome.
Telling the truth during the interview stage means that should you be successful, you will enter the business at the appropriate level for you, increasing your chances of longevity in both the role and the company.
Tell the truth in the interview and you will stand or fall on your own merits. You either get the job or you don’t. No harm done either way and if the interview doesn’t work out then there will always be another one around the corner, especially if you are working with a specialist recruiter. Lie to get the job, and even if you ‘succeed’ you’ll forever be waiting to be caught out. Life is too short for that kind of pressure and anxiety!
Being honest as well as positive while presenting your actual strengths, weakness, interests, abilities and skills is critical during the interview process. Although being honest during interviews can sometimes mean that you don’t get the job offer, it does however mean that you are less likely to end up with a job that you aren’t suited for.
It’s not uncommon for someone to get a job offer, then once they start, find that the role doesn’t suit them. This can often come down to how they presented themselves at interview stage.