We’re usually told that lying is bad. It’s not hard to see why. Lying is a form of deception that fills the world with distrust, is morally wrong, and becomes a chore on the liar’s mind. On the other hand, lying is human nature and even necessary at certain times. Let’s not kid ourselves.
Always telling the truth isn’t appropriate in society. After all, white lies exist for a reason. They can help us move past awkward situations without causing any real harm to anybody else. One example that comes to mind is a job interview. To be clear, we’re not suggesting you lie to a potential employer so you get a job offer. Lies about your qualifications can have serious repercussions when the truth eventually comes out. Instead, we’re talking about how to handle interview questions in order to keep the interview on point, or to redirect the conversation to highlight your best qualities.
Let’s take a look at six things you should always lie about in a job interview. These are arguably acceptable things to lie about, as long as you’re not hiding any career-ending skeletons in your closet.
1. How are you doing?
A job interview begins before you sit down to field questions. The small talk before the typical interview questions start is a vital part of the interview process. A study published in the Journal of Applied Psychology says this early interaction sets the mood for the overall interview.
When asked, “How are you doing?” you should recognize that it’s more of a greeting than a real question. The hiring manager doesn’t want to hear how terrible your life is since losing your last job six months ago, or how much trouble you had finding the building because your GPS gave you the wrong directions. Instead, you should smile, make eye contact, and simply reply, “I’m doing well. How are you?”
Remember, you’re probably doing better than you realize. You’re alive and the company liked your resume enough to bring you in for a job interview.