Having been in recruiting for just under 5 years, I have reviewed thousands of resumes and have conducted hundreds of interviews. Time and time again, I rely on the resume to tell me the initial story about the candidate. Once in the interview, I use their resume as a blueprint to their career. Our focus and the main piece of discussion is around the resume and the work they have stated they have done. Everything is covered: work dates, responsibilities, successes and accolades, education, etc. More often than you would think, you find discrepancies and false truths on the resume. Many candidates will claim that the discrepancies were "accidental" where as others are honest and fess up to exaggeration and lying to get their foot in the door. Whether by honest mistake or outright admittance, lying on a resume is a serious action that executives, hiring managers and HR professionals take as an unforgivable offense and that will more likely than not get your candidacy in the recycle bin with a permanent "do not interview" note.
Often times, some think that a little white lie on a resume is harmless and will go undiscovered. That is not the case. It is becoming commonplace for companies to utilize background, W2 and credit checks in addition to conducting in depth references with previous employers. No stone goes uncovered. Some may feel that this is an unfair practice utilized by companies and that it would make it impossible to get a job. Does this practice weed more people out? Absolutely. However, as a company, would you want to hire a candidate who started off the relationship with lies and fallacies? Absolutely not. Think o