Communicator (communicator) wrote,
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Applying yourself

I've been on a course this week about competency-based recruitment. I'm very cynical about this type of thing, but the course itself was pleasantly presented, and the methodology seems intellectually sound, unlike most management fads. I had thought I understood it, but the course made me realise that I hadn't. Anyway, not very exciting, but that's where I've been this week, and why I haven't posted.

It becomes increasingly important to go to interviews armed with impressive anecdotes from one's career. Ah, but would you tell fibs? Fibettes?

I've friends-locked this, but I haven't made the answers completely private. I suppose what this poll is really about is what people feel is socially comfortable, or expected, rather than what is ethical.

Poll #727336 If you ain't lyin' you ain't tryin'

Is your CV completely accurate?

In every detail
11(47.8%)
I may have tidied up the timeline a little
12(52.2%)
I had to make a big change or two
0(0.0%)
It's a work of fiction
0(0.0%)

Do you tell fibs on application forms?

No, I don't compromise my integrity
2(8.7%)
I might change emphasis to match the job requirements
21(91.3%)
I'd exaggerate or embroider my past experience
0(0.0%)
I just say whatever I need to get an interview
0(0.0%)

What would you do at a job interview?

Honestly recount an experience that made you look bad?
0(0.0%)
Tell the truth but only pick instances which cast you in a good light?
16(72.7%)
Make up details because your mind goes blank and you have to say something?
0(0.0%)
Recast the outcomes or implications of an event to make yourself look better?
0(0.0%)
Just make stuff up, so they hear what they want to hear?
0(0.0%)
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