The 10 most cringe-worthy lies and mistakes hiring managers have caught on a resume
- Almost every hiring manager has found a lie on a résumé and discarded the application.
- Résumé mistakes like adding pictures with pets or lying about past experience are embarrassing for the applicant.
- Here are some of the most outrageous mistakes and lies that hiring managers have caught.
First impressions matter, especially for job applicants.But trying to catch someone's eye with a lie is a big mistake.
Harris Poll conducted a survey for Career Builder and asked 2,575 hiring managers to share some of the worst résumé gaffes applicants could make. Of those interviewed, 75% said they have caught applicants lying on their résumés. Even employees at Business Insider have spotted applicants padding their résumé.
The risk does not seem to be worth the reward because only 12% of HR people surveyed said they were more likely to call an applicant for an interview if there was an unusual claim on the application.
There are other, more honest ways to be noticed. Customizing a résumé to the position is a plus for 60% of HR managers, and 38% are more likely to look at the applicant if a cover letter is included.
If you still don't believe lying on a résumé is bad, take a look at these 10 outrageous mistakes and lies that hiring managers caught.