Customize Information without Lying
Most companies undertake a stringent background or reference check before hiring; such background checks invariably expose lies such as false work experience, false designations, forged certificates, and the like. Even if one happens to get away with a lie or forgery at the application stage, it can always come back to haunt the candidate at a later stage. Most companies have a zero tolerance policy toward people who lie, and the punishment for the same is instant dismissal. Forgery is a criminal offense.
The alternative to lying is to customize the available information to the situation in a positive tone.
Ways to do so include:
- Highlighting only the relevant duties or accomplishments in the work experience.
- Omitting negative information, and when inevitable, providing brief or vague description. For instance, writing “job ended" is an alternative to “fired" in the job application. The interview is the place for clarification with supporting explanations.
- Providing details of skills and accomplishments from all sources such as previous jobs, schools, clubs, and other entities instead of listing duties and responsibilities of previous jobs.
While tailoring information to suit the specific application, the key is to ensure consistency of information. This includes dates, names, titles, and other details in the application form, resume, and supporting documents.
The primary consideration while filling out a job application is to make the short-list to the second round, usually the interview or a written test. The information contained in the job application will nevertheless remain crucial, not just during the selection process but also during the tenure of employment.
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