Lies at the Application and if there are any gaps in the Curriculum vitae are for many Candidate a trivial offense. Because many companies are primarily looking for applicants with very specific knowledge. 13 tips that are better than lies.

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Necessity is the mother of invention?

The need for some applicants is very innovative when it comes to the details in the CV: the work of the copying practice is re-evaluated to the demanding holiday representation, the waiter job becomes a demanding management activity and the beach holiday in Australia becomes an overseas semester with an internship.

Because if you are looking for a new job today, you have to meet high requirements. If you can't show it, you have one Problem – especially when the list of rejections is getting longer and the gap in your CV is getting bigger. So what could be more obvious than tweaking your own CV a little to fit the job profile perfectly. But fibbing can really get you down Eye go: Even years later, it can still fall back on you.

Why are applicants lying?

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But why lügen Applicants nevertheless? There is a good reason for this: The job requirements are usually so high that some applicants are happy to do all sorts of things Tricks grab to get the coveted job. Example of areas of responsibility: What exactly you did in the old job can usually be proven just as little as soft skills - and therefore the probability that the information will be checked is comparatively low.

In addition, a small exaggeration does not seem to many to be a lie along the lines of “Everyone does that”, because the demarcation is actually fluid. Many applicants even believe that the most important thing is how good you are sell can and are downright proud of their ingenious paraphrases of the truth. Most of them are of the opinion that too much honesty can even be interpreted as naivety and stupidity.

A little lies are allowed?

But trained HR remember in job interview fast, when lying: body language and facial expressions are telltale. For example, nervousness, twitching of the mouth or rolling of the eyes indicate lying. In addition, the hiring experts are happy to ask control questions to check the truthfulness.

So check they social information Competencies Preferably with Ask according to the hobby: If you like to do things alone in your free time, you will Job unlikely to be able to work particularly well with others. And false information about professional experience will be noticed at the latest during the probationary period.

The boundaries are fluid

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For example, if you specify language skills, you should be able to speak fluently in that language. It can happen that you are being tested in a job interview by a native speaker. Also, stays abroad that are spent as a study trip should be documented by certificates from courses or excellent language skills.

It is also a little risky for many to lie in former areas of the problem. For, what exactly one did with his old student job, is usually in no testimony, so the danger of the discovery is small. But be careful: some staffers then inquire at the previous employer. At the latest in the trial period, the truth comes to light and is then a reason for giving notice.

And also the much-cited, but always very vague soft skills such as Teamwork or glossing over organizational skills too much can be eye-catching. Because hiring experts like to ask control questions to check the truth. They like to check information on social skills with questions about the hobby: Those who like to do things alone in their free time will hardly be able to work particularly well with others at work.

Why lies is problematic

Really problematic, because they are easily verifiable, are, above all, incorrect information in the résumé: It is understandable if someone invents internships abroad, social activities or even jobs in order to close gaps in the résumé, which are a problem especially for young professionals without experience gets bigger with every application.

A trivial offense that is by no means. Because if it comes out, and be it only by a stupid coincidence that the CV was a fake, years later is still a reason for termination.

Caution Fake!

After all, things get really serious when it comes to falsified university or job references: not only can each employer clarify the truth with a few phone calls, but you can also be prosecuted for document falsification.

Anyone who is caught doing so can also make a bad legal excuse: Even they Handling by “incorrect copying” is criminal. So if you lay it on too thick when lying, you not only risk your good reputation - employers are often networked - but also a criminal complaint.

How much fancy is allowed?

But what can you do without any problems when applying? Quite clear is: If you have certain skills, you can say so, regardless of whether you can prove it with certificates or not. In order to set oneself apart from the crowd of whitewashers, one should not only qualifications list, but describe in detail what you have done. And: Who himself sympathisch represents and the employer with Personality rather than impressed with embellished skills, sometimes wins more than he thinks.

Anyone who can score less with their subject-specific skills, by the way, legitimately emphasizes other aspects - such as social skills. It is also permissible to present things a little more positively than they really are: for example, the ground for termination. However, it is important that no one can prove otherwise.

Lies in the application: 13 tips

Self-presentation is needed when applying: But where does the beauty of truth stop and where does the lies begin? We will show you what you have to be aware of.

  1. Caution foreign language test: If you have very good language skills, you should be able to speak fluently in that language. It can happen that you have to talk to a native speaker in an interview.
  2. Crack point softskills: We also like to lied about the soft skills that you can not prove. But beware: At the latest in the probationary period, the truth comes to light and is then a reason for termination.
  3. Even without certificates: What is true, you can say! If you have certain abilities, you can say that, no matter if you can prove it through credentials.
  4. Jump out of the crowd: To set yourself apart from the mass of fair-trade: Do not just list qualifications, but describe in detail what you did.
  5. Emphasize the positive aspects: If you can score less with the subject skills, it is perfectly legitimate to emphasize other aspects - such as social skills.
  6. A little beauty is allowed: It is permissible to present things a little more positively than they really are: for example, the cause of termination. However, it is important that no one can prove otherwise.
  7. Personnel ask for: However, some HR professionals inquire with the previous employer. This can be obvious, if you have previously glossed over too much.
  8. Stays abroad as a study trip? Of course, it makes sense to make a study trip from your stay abroad. But you should be able to prove this with testimonials from courses - or excellent language skills.
  9. Never falsify credentials: Whether this is the diploma or a certificate of employment: The document falsification can come years later still by a stupid coincidence and then threaten criminal charges and termination without notice.
  10. No excuses! Anyone caught caught in the falsification of documents can also find it difficult to talk themselves out: Even the manipulation by "incorrect copying" is criminal.
  11. Apply only for suitable jobs: In order not to run the risk, to lie: Apply precisely. Less is more: use more care on the few applications.
  12. How well do you have to fit into the profile? Of course, you can not meet all the requirements that are required in a job posting. But as a guideline, you should already meet two-thirds of the requirements.
  13. Your CV does not fit the profile? Be sympathetic and impress the employer with personality rather than lies.

Conclusion: Applying for the best is better than lying

In order not to run the risk of lying in the first place: it is better to apply in a targeted manner, ie for positions whose requirements exactly match your own profile. Surely the selection in suitable jobs then lower. But: Less is more in this case, because instead of standardized mass applications, more care is then taken with the few applications.

Of course, nobody can meet all the requirements that are required in a job posting. But as a guideline, that two-thirds of the requirements should already fit.

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