A new Checkster study finds:
- 78% of people say they’ve misrepresented themselves on a resume, in other words they lied.
- 60% of people have lied about mastery in skills they only had basic knowledge of.
- Other common resume fibs include:
- False reason for leaving a job (45%)
- Made-up relevant experiences (42.25%)
- Using a director title when they were only a manager (41.25%)
- Listing a degree from a prestigious university instead of their own (39.25%)
But while it may seem like a bad thing to lie on a resume, it turns out most hiring managers don’t really care. In fact…
- 66% of hiring managers say they are willing to accept misrepresentations on a resume.
- They are most lenient about inflating GPAs by more than a half a point, with 92% of hiring folks still willing to consider an applicant who has done so.
- But hiring managers say the worst thing an applicant can do is give a fake reference.
- 54% of hiring managers say they would never hire someone who faked a reference, although 43.75% say they had or would.