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How to tell if a job candidate is lying

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We all want to stand out during a job search, but for some that can mean fudging the truth. According to the Employment Screening Benchmark Report by HireRight, an employment background-check provider, candidates regularly fabricate parts of their résumés. In 2012, 66% of employers had uncovered a lie or misrepresentation on a résumé, and in 2018 that number grew to 84% of employers.

Falsification of information on a résumé or application is usually grounds for rejection or termination and most savvy candidates are careful about what they record, says Diane Arthur, president of Arthur Associates Management Consultants, Ltd., a human resources development firm, and author of Recruiting, Interviewing, Selecting & Orienting New Employees.

“Verbal lies, on the other hand, can be less consequential and harder to pin down,” she says. “They are, therefore, more commonplace. It’s up to interviewers to be thorough in their questioning and focus on seeking the truth.”

Candidates generally lie for one of three reasons, says Arthur:

To identify a candidate who may be lying, hiring managers should watch for two tells.

Accurately interpreting body language can be tricky, says Arthur. “Experts assert that there are seven universal emotions: anger, contempt, disgust, fear, happiness, sadness, and surprise,” she says. “Those emotions are expressed through........

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