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People Who Lied On Their Resume And Got The Job Reveal How It All Turned Out

Sometimes a little white lie will pay off...

The job hunt is a daunting challenge. We all just want a career that we enjoy and that pays well. It sounds simple enough, however it is anything but. One of the first golden rules you're told when starting out on the career path race is never tell a lie. It's breaking a commandment so don't risk it. Never lie because nine times out of ten you'll be exposed. But that leaves that one time when it all works out. So nine times out of ten we all take a risk and fib a bit. The degrees of success vary.

Redditor u/herbgreencalledit wondered how telling a few fibs over the course of life worked out on the career path.... People who have lied on their resume and got the job, what did you lie about and how did it eventually turn out?


It's just IT... not rocket science... 

I used to work in a petrol station. And a new owner took over. He brought in a new computer to do his accounting and I helped him carry it from his car. So on my C.V. I proudly listed my achievements as "assisted with the installation of the back office system." I now head up the IT department for a large company. umaer1234

Tone Deaf... 

I put a trivial lie on my resume. I took guitar lessons for 2-3 years, starting when I was like 6 years old. When interviewing for my current job in 1997, I had on my resume that I played guitar. I hadn't actually played guitar in over 15 years. One guy that interviewed me was very much into guitar and started asking me questions about it. I worked very hard to change the subject, which thankfully he went with. Hoffur

Sit right back and you'll hear a tale...

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This is an opposite story… When I was hiring a lead coder for my company, I was so sick and tired of getting resumes from people that were literally filled with bull, that I turned into a game for my own personal amusement. I got a resume that the gentleman listed he spoke 11 languages… One of them, was Swahili. I knew three words of Swahili ( I had learned how to say "release the prisoners" in Swahili from an episode of Gilligan's island [onyesha wapangaji]!!

I called him in, and set up an interview in my office. Sure enough, when he came in, I tested him and his Swahili, with my brief phrase, and sure as hell, he spoke Swahili! I ended up hiring him, and he was the best coder I have ever hired without a doubt! I never would have called him for the interview had I not absolutely thought he was full of s**t! Puppyismycat

Culturally Qualified....

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A couple years ago, I was filling out a resume for a lab tech job on some job board. It had a pop up that required you to answer some questions before sending the application, basic stuff like "Are you at least 18," etc. It was pretty obviously a questionnaire to root unqualified candidates out before the resume was looked at by a human.

The last question was, "Do you have prior experience in chemistry?" I didn't, but checked the box anyway. I figured it was the only way to get a human being to look at my resume, and if they called me out on it in the interview, I'd own up to lying. Worst case scenario, I'm back where I started.

I get to the interview, and it's a panel interview in front of three PhD chemists. They ask me about my specific chemistry experience, specifically Ochem, which is what they cared about. Given that the sciences tend to have some friendly competition, I figured I'd play to my audience. I said, "Well, I don't have any, but I have a degree in physics and in my opinion that's even better so really you guys are getting a deal."

They loved my answer and said that even though I wasn't strictly qualified, they thought I'd be a great "culture fit." I've been working there as a chemist for a little over two years. Still don't know crap about organic chemistry. fat_doofus

Less than the basics....

I said I spoke basic Spanish. Didn't get asked about it. Got to my new office and a good 2/3 of the employees were Hispanic/Spanish/Latinx and our sister site was in Spain. Everyone assumed I couldn't speak a word of Spanish and would explain what things like "vamos" and "claro" meant and would encourage me to try. I did speak /some/ Spanish (though "basic" might be stretching it) so I got to mildly impress my coworkers while my boss apparently completely forgot what my resume said. PureMitten

Juggling the dates....

So, I have successfully lied about the duration and work of previous posts. I've never lied about actually working at those places, but I have definitely gotten fired from one place without updating my LinkedIn or resume, so that when I got hired at the next place, they thought I had basically closed the door on the last position and moved right in to the new one. Jedifice

Rapid fire fingers.... 

I'm not trying to humblebrag or brag or anything but I am fairly fast But if I put 110 wpm on my resume I get "Nah! there's no way you can type that fast!" For some reason if I say I type 95 wpm people are like "WOW that's cool you can type so fast!" Saywihee

Going Nuclear....

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My grandfather lied about being a nuclear specialist in the Air Force to get a job at a civilian reactor. He was actually a radar tech. He worked there for 14 years and it never melted down so I guess it worked out just fine. spicytacocat

Lost in Translation.... 

I'm studying translation and interpretation as a minor. I applied for a student job that involved translating and although I didn't have any actual experience in translation at that time I lied that I had translated plenty of text from various topics. I also added that I could translate mechanical texts. They asked for proof so my mechanical engineer brother wrote me a fake justification from his company. I got the job but they didn't tell me at the beginning that i was only a temporal job for only one occasion. Lord-AG

Google Saves Lives....

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My Excel skills...... honestly, any time I need to use Excel, I just google whatever function I need. AllyCarrollynn

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