He asked me – what happens if someone lies in an interview?

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Lying or hiding the truth or manipulating a truth are very closely related. One of the 2 things happen when someone lies during an interview

1. Telling a lie affects the interview performance and works against them from the very start.

In a study conducted by an international research team consisting of academic psychologists, there are common stereotypes about the liar. Liars shift their posture, they touch and scratch themselves, liars are nervous, and their speech is flawed. These beliefs are common across the globe. Yet in prevalence, these stereotypes are dwarfed by the most common belief about liars: “they can’t look you in the eye.”

Here is a link to the complete article at the National Center for Biotechnology Information website: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2957901/

Interviewers are smart, they can catch it and most probably reject the candidate based on their assessment.

2. If someone is the king of lies and clears the interview with flying colors.

Now comes the actual job, when they work for a manager. Their manager based on the interview has a very different perception of this person. He will have different expectations (built during the interview) as compared to what this person can actually deliver or what their expectations may be.

Everyone will struggle to make things right to eventually realize that it wasn’t the right fit. Either this person gets discouraged or their manager decides to let them go. It affects everybody around them.

So, the best way is to stay true, this will save everyone a lot of headaches and this person another job search in the future. The manager might as well hire them with their shortcomings with the right expectations if they are true.

What else can happen if some lies during interviews? Share your thoughts.

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