Brits among the biggest liars in EU

first_img Previous Article Next Article Brits among the biggest liars in EUOn 7 Oct 2003 in Personnel Today Related posts:No related photos. Comments are closed. Embellishing the contents of a CV and stretching the truth on an applicationform have long been considered standard behaviour for jobseekers. But newresearch shows that British candidates are among the worst exaggerators in theworld. HR managers in the UK believe that candidates exaggerate the reality oftheir previous job, bend the truth about skills, underplay their weaknesses andlie about why they left their last post. In fact, Irish and British interviewees are the most likely to exaggeratethe content of their previous roles, with 50 per cent and 49 per centrespectively happy to fib at a job interview. UK candidates are also joint world leaders in lying about the level of theirmanagement skills, with 29 per cent perceived to be economical with the truth. The Accountemps poll also illustrated the reluctance of candidates to bedrawn on their previous roles, with two-thirds failing to identify the reasonbehind their downfall, and 22 per cent not fully communicating why they lefttheir last post. The survey of more than 1,500 HR professionals across the globe looked atthe prevalence of interview exaggeration in some of the world’s leadingeconomies. According to HR managers, the best way to leave a lasting impression withthe interviewer is to ask lots of relevant questions (38 per cent) and have agood knowledge of the company (23 per cent). In the rest of Europe, the Germans are most likely to overstate theirmanagement skills (29 per cent) and exaggerate their levels of education (16per cent). The French have a prevalence for over-emphasising their knowledge of otherlanguages (23 per cent), along with the Belgians (18 per cent) and Germans (11per cent). Whatdo interviewees exaggerate?                                    Managementskills (%)                                   The real content of theirformer job (%)Australia                       22                                                                    33Belgium                        14                                                                    28France                          16                                                                    29Germany                      29                                                                    24Holland                        29                                                                    24Ireland                          21                                                                    50New Zealand                24                                                                    33UK                              29                                                                    49Source:Accountempswww.accountemps.co.ukBy Ross Wighamlast_img

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