Potential employees 'ready to lie'

01-08-2007

Potential employees 'ready to lie'
It seems as though potential employees in the UK are willing to lie on their CVs and during job interviews in order to get the job they want, according to new reports.

Research undertaken by Peninsula, the employment law consultancy, has found that two-thirds (66 per cent) of employees admit to fibbing on their CV and 60 per cent confess to lying in their job interview.

Lies tended to centre around work experience, with prospective workers hoping to boost their appeal.

Meanwhile it was also found that 80 per cent would be prepared to lie again in order to enhance their career further.

These findings show that workers are willing to bend the truth in order to enjoy career benefits, with the vast majority of respondents (89 per cent) not feeling guilty about lying in this way.

"Many believe that their CV is not up to the appropriate standards required for the job and decide to lie on them in order to achieve the much wanted job interview that they hope to obtain," explained Peter Done, managing director of Peninsula.

The Cranfield School of Management reports that UK employers are finding difficulties in recruiting qualified staff.

Related categories: HR / Recruitment.


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