Honesty is the Best Policy

honest-216x192We have always been taught that honesty is the best policy. The same goes for interviews and selling yourself for a potential job offer.

I recently interviewed a candidate who was familiar with my client, although he denied ever applying or interviewing with them in the past. It’s our policy to do research on candidates and, in mine, I found that he had done both! Though it’s not clear why this candidate chose to lie about his knowledge of my client, his dishonesty burned bridges with both the sales organization and with the recruiter.

Not only is honesty the best, most ethical policy, but dishonesty demonstrates a lack of sincerity and genuineness to a recruiter or potential employer. If a candidate lies about one thing, what else could they be lying about? Getting caught in a lie results in a lack of trust, which could easier cost a candidate the job opportunity or representation with a recruiting organization.

Being transparent with recruiters and potential employers will improve your chances of finding a job that’s the perfect fit for you. This dishonest candidate’s behavior resulted in a sour relationship with those who might otherwise have been interested in working with him. Leaving a positive impression will get you further in the long run.

Moral of the story—always be honest!