A story in the News Limited papers from the other day caught my attention, which quoted Boost Juice founder Janine Allis as saying it's acceptable to lie on your resume when applying for a job.
I think it’s OK — you are trying to get yourself an interview so if you can embellish or exaggerate your skill or experience or put emphasis on areas they are looking for (it makes sense)
Allis also said that employers don't hire based on experience, but rather attitude.
Without giving much away, I can honestly say I have never lied on a CV, because it is too easy to be found out.
It got me thinking, though. How many people out there HAVE lied on a CV?
And how many of those people have wound up in a business which has come under fire for questionmable business practices? Such as, oh, I don't know, to take a totally random example... a big bank?
If you're accepting of a jobseeker lying about themselves to get a gig, how can you not do anything but defend them if they start behaving badly at work?
It's hardly reasonable to encourage a worker to lie to you and then condemn them for doing so... is it?
Even one in twenty referees is found to be fraudulent and a set up.
At least Harvey Norman boss Gerry Harvey was open and honest in saying it isn't all based on a CV when he hires:
I have a lot of people over the years that pass the interview test and others that fail then a strange situation where the ones that fail are sometimes better than the ones that pass.
You don’t (immediately) know what is inside someone and what drives them.
Nothing wrong with that. Sadly, though, it seems Gerry is one of a dying breed when it comes to being upfront. I wonder how Boost Juice would handle an employee telling lies to customers...