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Look, we all want that coveted position at a new company. So how do we stay ahead of the competition and make a strong impression on job interviewers?


For starters, lying on a resume and exaggerating the details to appear more qualified is not the answer.

The truth will eventually expose you and you'll find yourself back in a familiar position – being jobless.

Curious to hear about the lengths job applicants have gone through to stand out from the rest, Redditor Indianfattie asked:

"Recruiters and HR : what red flags do you find in a resume which means the interviewee is not what they seem?"

Mistakes

Everyone makes mistakes. But while one missed out over an unfortunate misunderstanding, another was given the benefit of the doubt.

The Maybe Felon

"A finalist applicant for a senior software developer position checked the box for 'yes' next to 'have you ever been convicted of a felony?' Our workplace does not automatically count out felons so I looked him up, only to find out his charges were from 10 years prior and had been lowered to a misdemeanor. This guy had been checking 'yes' on those boxes for 10 years and had never actually been convicted of a felony."

Save_Bandit-

Taking A Chance

"Five years worth of graphic design experience, but no portfolio because of a crashed hard drive. This was before cloud backups were much a thing."

"Rest of the story - I rolled the dice, gave them a chance because all of the other applicants were terrible, and they were one of my best hires."

NewMexicoJoe

Lies, All Lies

As these potential employees discovered, fibbing was just a waste of time.

Not Bilingual

"Had a buddy put that he could speak Japanese fluently on his resume and applied to a Japanese manufacturing company in the US. During the interview, the hiring manager asked him about it and he promptly responded 'hai, nihongo ga wakarimashita'. So they went and got one of the Japanese QE's and was like 'Ok Mr. Honda, have a conversation with this guy'. Needles to say all my buddy could say was 'hai' and it was very awkward for everyone involved. He is a dumba**"

FrapoleonDonutarde

Expired Certification

"Along the same lines: A candidate put 'SPHR 2007" on his resume. SPHR is Senior Professional in Human Resources, a well-recognized certification for HR-related positions. To be valid, it has to be recertified every three years. So I asked, 'You've had an SPHR since 2007?' He started to hem and haw, so I pressed him. He finally admitted that his SPHR credential had lapsed in 2010."

Gorf_the_Magnificent

People Break Down The Best Loophole They've Ever Exploited

The "Lazy Liar"

"I had a resume once where a guy had obviously just copy and pasted job descriptions as his work history. It was blatantly obvious because everything was in third person, guy didn't even take the time to edit it. 'Candidate will be able to' type wording. I gave him an interview and asked him tough questions based off of his supposed work experience. I was morbidly curious if he was just bad at writing resumes or just a lazy liar. Turns out he was the latter. When I interview someone I usually try and ease up on questions when it's obvious the candidate doesn't have the required experience. I don't want someone leaving totally demoralized etc. I didn't let up on this guy though and when he couldn't answer a question I would comment that he had it listed in his resume... Hopefully he learned a lesson."

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Pages And Pages

Some applicants thought a lengthy resume or curriculum vitae would be their ticket in.

What's the "1" For?

"Dude put on his resume 'CCNA -1' under certifications. The CCNA is a Cisco network certification. During the interview I asked what the -1 meant. He said 'oh I missed the certification by only one question'. I asked how we could verify that, he sort of shrugged."

nickram81

All About Length

"A NINE page long resume for someone who has 3 years of work experience."

cssmythe3

"If it's more than 2 pages I'm becoming skeptical that they aren't capable of simplifying."

Scorch2002

An Extensive CV

"A lady I know was looking for a job and asked me to see if my work had anything available. The hiring manager said I could send through their details to the lady and they would have a look."

"The woman sent them a 13 page CV listing every class she took in high school and college (and she had changed majors, so that was 6 years worth of college classes). She listed every job she had ever done, and apparently had a thing for dropping jobs after a few weeks. The hiring manager asked me to pass on a message to the lady about how a CV should be no more than 2 pages and to maybe give her some pointers. I send the lady a text and she replied 'Lol'."

Smart-Connection6154

Make 'Em Squirm

"I once read one of someone who claimed to have a Sicology degree from the university I had attended. Since it was several states away, this stuck out. Since he didn't know how to spell Psychology, I obviously knew he was lying but it was open panel interviews so I spoke with him face to face anyway. The look of shock and terror in his eyes when I said I was thrilled to see that we were alums from the same place and started discussing details of campus was kind of fun to witness."

Chiyogbar

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Keeping Up With Charades

"This is my nightmare when people have given me advice on 'fake it till you make it' and was told to put a skill on my resume that i did not have."

Justaflywhiteguy

"Never put down a skill you don't know anything about, but you can exaggerate proficiency in a skill. That's kinda expected at this point."

Miss_Thang2077

​Irrelevant Websites

"I got a 6 page one for an internship, 9-10 point font, basically no spacing. It included 4 self-made websites. 2 were down, 1 was from when this person was like 14 (roughly 8-10 years prior to this application), and one was just an 'under construction' image. The internship had nothing to do with making websites, but why would you include those (as well as like 95% of the other nonsense included) if theyre just unused."

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Redditor SewerSleuth74 mentioned that too many jobs on an applicant's resume within a short amount of time was a big red flag.

However, with the pandemic upending many workers' loves in the past year, job recruiters have changed their perspective.

The Redditor also noted:

"Red flag doesn't mean they're out or have no chance, it means I will dig deeper. Could be circumstances or it could be you. Depends on your qualifications and skills, not experience, that dictate my actions."

The bottom line is, think twice about faking your resume.

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