There was a time early in my career that I “stretched” the truth and got the interview at a well-known east coast consumer brand company. I failed the interview so miserably that I had to come clean. The interviewers and I both were uncomfortable. I was so embarrassed! I began to approach the interview from my core experience. While it felt better, I knew I had destroyed my credibility with the company.
It turns out that the interviewers respected my “honesty” and called me months later to interview for other positions. For many I wasn’t a true match. I did receive an offer. Unfortunately, I didn’t accept the position because at the time, I was unwilling to relocate where they wanted me to go.
The major lesson that I learned from this experience is that It really doesn’t pay to “lie.” Telling a “lie” stems from a lack of confidence. I found my confidence when I exposed my deception and was seen as a potential asset to the organization. Fortunately, you don't have to struggle the way I did. We offer a career tool that will help you prepare for interviews. You can find it below.
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