5 reasons why you should never lie on your Resume

Lying on Resume or job application may help you to land a job, but not the long-term success. Here is why.

Created On: Nov 6, 2017 18:08 IST
5 reasons why you should never lie on your Resume
5 reasons why you should never lie on your Resume

When it comes to job hunt, your Resume is the ultimate weapon in your arsenal that can help you win the battle and get your dream job. With the competitive times that we live in, getting a job has becomes increasingly difficult. Resume or CV lets the HR personnel or the interviewer get the basic academic and professional details of the job seekers and lets them evaluate their job suitability with the profile. Basically, your CV or Resume would decide if you would be called-in for the interview or not.

Considering the high competition, lying on one’s Resume or inflating one’s experience or skills has become a norm for job seekers. Many job seekers go to the extent of lying about their academic or professional accomplishments on their Resume. This is a very wrong and dangerous practice. Still don’t believe us? Let’s look at five core reasons for not lying on your Resume.

Trust & Credibility

As stated above your Resume / CV is the first point of contact between you and your future company / employer. Therefore, the bond that you build first with the organization has to be built on a strong foundation of trust and credibility. At any moment you lie on your Resume, it erodes the trust that the company and job market has placed in you. To top it, even if you have just lied about one of the aspects on your Resume, it creates an impression of you lying about everything that is listed on the document. Therefore, one small exaggeration about our work experience can put your entire academic and professional career under scanner and prove you to be guilty of breaching the trust of your employer. Eventually, your credibility as a working professional would be under question.


When you are applying for the job, the company hiring you is very serious about the skill-set, experience and knowledge that you bring to the table. Therefore, most of the companies that are serious about the quality of talent or work-force joining them have put in place elaborate cross-checking mechanisms to verify the details provided by the candidate on the resume. If you lie on your resume about your work-experience, achievements, job profile, and skills, you can be easily caught during the cross-verification process. To top it all, lying would damage your credibility. And you can’t convince a recruiter once he loses his trust in you. So, don’t give wrong details about your skills, work-experience, achievements, or overall profile while applying for a job.   

Your Performance

Performance is something that speaks louder than the words. It is useless to mention particular set of skills, and knowledge when you actually don’t posses them. It would be difficult for you to meet the expectation of interviewer in your replies if he asks you about some particular things. You can’t justify yourself once your reply fails to convince the interviewer. Therefore, mentioning those skills, experience, expertise, and knowledge that you actually don’t possess can land you in difficulties during a job interview. So, give right information about your skills, experience, and knowledge in your Resume. And show eagerness to learn new things. It will help you to land the job if you successfully convince your interviewer.


Lying on your Resume can definitely can create an embarrassing environment in your job interview if your interviewer uncovers a wrong detail you have provided in particular section of your Resume. The embarrassment can be catastrophic for your chances of landing a job. The moment your lie is caught you would end up in a situation where you will be nervous and hard-pressed for words. Simply put, giving wrong details is something that can create an embarrassing situation in your job interview. So, mention the skills, experience, and knowledge that you actually posses. It can help you to stay calm and composed in your job interview. It would enable to handle the even the tough situations during your job interview.         

It can damage your overall personality

In the corporate world, there is strong communication among the highly placed professionals and HR department. They can easily know about each other. In such situation, it can be difficult for you to land a job if the interviewer of a company rejects your job application while uncovering a wrong detail you have provided in your Resume. And you can’t rebuild your image once you lose your credibility. Therefore, making lies in Resume can damage your overall image. So, give right details about you in your Resume. It would help you to make steady growth.


In current competitive job market, landing a job depends on how efficient, and skilful you are. Giving wrong details about skills, expertise, experience, and knowledge is something that can damage your overall personality and obstruct the long-term success. In this article, we have explained why you shouldn’t give wrong detail while writing a Resume for the job application.

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