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Five Whoppers You Should Never Tell Recruiters

Joyce Lain Kennedy, Careers Now 4:30 AM CST, February 5, 2014

DEAR JOYCE: I loved your amusing quotes from recruiter Tim Sackett about lies that recruiters tell candidates, but what about the other side of the coin -- lies that candidates tell recruiters? -- T.T.

Tim Sackett ( is a very funny guy who wraps lots of serious points in chuckles. Here's the ace recruiter's take on five pants-on-fire fibs you should never expect a recruiter to swallow.

1) Education lies: "I did all the classes; I just need to pay the fees to graduate." (So you spent four-plus years going to school, got done, but that last couple of hundred dollars stopped you from graduating?)

2) Background check lies: "No, I'm not on drugs. (Then they fail the drug screen.)

3) Experience lies. "I was part of the leadership team that was responsible for that implementation." (So basically you knew of a project that happened while you were working there.)

4) No-show interview lies: "My car broke down." (Either through some fantastic wrinkle in space, or a gigantic amount of lying, candidates have more car trouble per capita than anyone else in the world who has ever driven a car.)

5) Termination lies: "It was a mutual decision that I left." (So you both "mutually" decided that you would no longer have a job? Candidates, this statement sounds as stupid as it reads.)

To read more about transparent tall stories that job seekers trip over, head to "How Job Candidates Lie, and the Best Lies They Always Seem to Tell" by Tim Sackett at  


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