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According to a survey conducted by the Research Center for the Recruiting Portal ( among 1000 representatives of Russian enterprises and organizations, most often, when compiling a resume, applicants embellish their professional skills, job responsibilities and work experience.

During the interview, an experienced recruiter can always determine how honest the applicant was when compiling a resume and whether the regalia mentioned in it are an invention, with which the applicant wants to get the desired position. According to 56% of company representatives, over the course of their work, they have repeatedly had to take clean applicants who have attributed additional professional skills to themselves. In accordance with the observations of employers, young specialists are often cunning about their abilities. Confirmations of the applicants themselves confirm this trend: the number of those who consider such a lie to be completely acceptable is 15% of the total number of respondents and is steadily decreasing with increasing age - from 17% among 20-year-olds to 10% among 50-year-old Russians.

With candidates appropriating the functionality of “their department or colleagues,” 48% of employers encountered. Among applicants, one out of five considers this practice permissible (20%). “Job responsibilities are different everywhere - you can embellish it here”, “If you are a sane and creative person, you can easily prove with your work that you are exactly who you say you are,” they are convinced.

Deliberate inaccuracies regarding work experience were noticed in the resume of applicants for vacancies by 37% of company representatives. Most often, according to them, "job seekers are silent about some places of work." 14% of applicants are ready to ascribe to themselves a non-existent work experience or to hide the “unsuccessful employment experience”. At the same time, some are sure that employers themselves force them to write a lie in the resume: “I believe that it is possible to hide some interruptions in work. Often, the employer himself violates the labor code: does not formalize from the day of the actual admission to work, or does not complete at all. "

About a third of employers (31%) are sure that candidates often exaggerate their level of knowledge of foreign languages. Judging by the results of the survey, young people more often exaggerate their linguistic knowledge than the older generation (11% among 20-year-olds and 6% among 50-year-old Russians). The justifications of the applicants are standard: "Those who work in the embassy abroad or permanently reside there are well aware of the foreign language."

In the era of ubiquitous computerization, candidates often want to appear to be experts in working with PCs. 30% of employers faced facts of exaggeration by applicants on the level of software ownership. 15% of Russians do not see anything wrong with entering the phrase “experienced PC user” in the resume. Women “sin” with such inaccuracies somewhat more often than men (18% versus 13%). In addition, young people (19%) and Russians with a monthly income below 15,000 rubles (26%) are less honest. “The required level of computer skills is easily achieved by practice,” they are convinced.

Another 18% of recruiters said that often they have to deal with resumes that clearly distort the personal data of applicants, for example, age, marital status, etc. To deceive the employer by distorting personal information, 17% of Russians consider it acceptable. At the same time, women are afraid to indicate the presence of young children in the resume, and respondents over 40 years of age - the age, which, in their opinion, may be the reason for the refusal of employment.

“Usually, applicants ascribe to themselves the achievements ... of the entire team in which they used to work, silent that they personally worked only in separate, small areas,” such situations are described by 7% of employers. 7% of Russians are sure that awarding non-existent awards and achievements is permissible.

With applicants ascribing to themselves the training in various courses, participation in seminars and trainings, 5% of employers encountered. Among applicants, 8% consider this practice justified.

3% of recruiters "caught" on the distortion of information about the basic education of candidates. Embellish this paragraph resumes considered possible 3% of applicants. But if it is extremely difficult to ascribe graduation without having a diploma to yourself, then concealing an education that will not be required in the work is quite acceptable: “I am a candidate of science, but rarely mention this in my resume, because“ very educated ”annoy employers.”

Other “liberties” allowed by applicants when filling out resumes were encountered by 2% of employers. Among them - embellishment of personal qualities, as well as a lie about the presence of fashionable hobbies and the absence of bad habits.

Only 4% of recruiters have never encountered deliberate inaccuracies in the resume of candidates. Among applicants, the number of those who consider even the smallest lie in the resume unacceptable is 37%. The number of honest candidates is growing steadily with increasing age (33% among 20-year-olds and 48% among 50-year-olds). Wise by the experience of repeated employment, middle-aged and older Russians are convinced that “any distortion of the truth in the resume is unacceptable: it will be extremely unpleasant when these“ inaccuracies ”are suddenly discovered. "

4% of employers found it difficult to answer the proposed question. Among applicants, there are noticeably more (19%): “I don’t think embellishment really helps.”

Place of survey: Russia, all districts
Time: January 27 - February 4, 2010
Study population: representatives of organizations and enterprises responsible for working with personnel
Sample Size: 1000 Respondents

“What data are most often distorted / embellished by applicants in their resumes (can you specify no more than 3 answer options)?”

The respondents' answers were distributed as follows:

personal data18%
work experience37%
job responsibilities48%
professional skills56%
basic education3%
additional education (courses, seminars, trainings)5%
Knowledge of foreign languages31%
level of computer skills, specialized programs30%
awards and achievements7%
other (in the comments, please specify what exactly)2%
difficult to answer4%
did not have to deal with "inaccuracies" in the resume4%

Some respondents comments:

“Personal data” - 18%
"Age (downward)."
"Applicants over the age of 40 do not indicate or reduce their age."

“Work experience” - 37%
"Rather, they exaggerate their significance."
"Applicants are silent about some places of work."

“Responsibilities” - 48%
“As a rule, responsibilities and the area of ​​responsibility of your department or colleague are added to your functionality.”
"Job responsibilities are usually written for the vacancy for which the resume is sent."
“They list everything they know. This is especially true for lawyers and work manufacturers. ”

“Professional skills” - 56%
“Almost all candidates may be less than they declare.”
“The most important point that people are trying to distort is the productivity coefficient (we use the productivity test when hiring staff). According to the candidate, he is productive, and the test shows lower indicators than stated in words. ”
“Usually, many people consider themselves excellent specialists with excellent character, but in reality this is far from the case.”
“The overestimation of the level of one’s abilities, as a rule, occurs among young specialists, which comes from poor professional training in higher educational institutions. For money you can buy everything! Even a profession! ”

“The presence of awards and achievements” - 7%
“Usually, applicants ascribe to themselves the achievements or the functional load of the entire team in which they previously worked, keeping silent that they personally were engaged in only certain, small areas.”

“Other” - 2%
“Quite often, candidates indicate that they are working at the present time, but in fact it turns out that they quit a few months ago.”
"The reason for dismissal."
"The level of salary in previous jobs."
“Very often you have to deal with applicants who are good at praising themselves, and then it turns out that a person is a dummy.”
“Hobbies and hobbies. Often they attribute to themselves fashionable hobbies such as tango or "right ones" - sports, reading. In the conversation, it turns out that the candidate was fond of ballroom dancing at school, and the whole sport consists in morning cleaning of the car from snow. ”
"Hiding places of work from which they didn’t leave well."
“Very often, the data in the resume does not correspond to the entry in the work book, both by date and by position.”
"Reasons for leaving."

Place of survey: Russia, all districts
Time: February 3-4, 2010
Study population: economically active population of Russia over 18 years old
Sample Size: 2500 Respondents

“In your opinion, what kind of data is acceptable to distort or embellish in a resume for the sake of employment (you can specify no more than 3 answer options)?”

The respondents' answers were distributed as follows:

Possible answerAllFloorAge yearsMonthly income, rub.
husbandwivesup to 2324-2930-3940-4950 and olderuntil 1499915000-2499925000-3499935000-44999from 45000
personal data17%15%18%18%17%16%19%13%23%15%18%18%16%
work experience14%16%13%18%15%16%9%5%15%18%15%16%9%
job responsibilities20%20%19%18%21%21%17%16%15%21%20%21%21%
professional skills15%16%14%17%16%15%11%10%15%19%16%18%12%
basic education3%3%3%4%3%3%2%3%5%2%4%2%2%
additional education (courses, seminars, trainings)8%9%8%9%8%8%10%3%9%10%9%7%7%
Knowledge of foreign languages9%10%9%11%10%8%8%6%7%11%8%11%8%
level of computer skills, specialized programs15%13%18%19%18%12%11%9%26%19%14%13%13%
awards and achievements7%7%6%9%5%7%6%4%8%8%6%4%7%
difficult to answer19%19%18%17%19%19%18%21%15%19%19%19%17%
any "inaccuracies" in the resume are unacceptable37%37%37%33%35%36%45%48%37%30%37%32%44%

Some respondents comments:

“Personal data” - 17%
“I round my age to 60 years, there is no other way. I immediately admit to the interview. ”
“Age can be slightly reduced. The remaining "inaccuracies" are unacceptable. "
“The presence of children. For example, I cannot indicate in the resume that I have a child, because this is connected with sick leave. "My mother is sitting with a child, and there is no problem with this, but I can’t write it in a resume."
“Especially I do not like when asked about parents. This is some kind of discrimination. They don’t want to take orphans! ”
"Age Data."
“Since the employer illegally sets the filter for age and marital status, I do not consider it illegal to“ circumvent ”these requirements by the applicant.”
“Experience” - 14%
“Sometimes the accumulated knowledge is more than the experience gained. If you are sure that you can apply knowledge in experience, then you can write about it. ”
“You can omit the bad experience (got settled - did not like it - quit)”.
“I believe that it is possible to hide some interruptions in work. Often, the employer himself violates the labor code: does not formalize from the day of the actual admission to work, or does not complete at all. " "Leaving the previous job, I did not fix this fact in the labor market, so the experience goes on while I'm in search of a permanent job."

“Responsibilities” - 20%
"Job responsibilities are different everywhere - here you can embellish."
“It happens that you do not do something at this job, but you have a clear idea of ​​how to do it, if necessary. Therefore, you can safely write in the resume that you know how to do it. ”
"That which cannot be verified."
“You would think that the employer focuses on the resume. Basically only reads diagonally. And if so, it’s better to praise yourself. If you are a sane and creative person, you can easily prove with your work that you are exactly who you say you are. ”
“Some job responsibilities can be called differently, but in essence they are one and the same.”

“Professional skills” - 15%
“Professional skills are lost over time, and others are acquired in a new place - here you can also embellish.”
“If you have an idea of ​​how to do something, or did it just a few times, then you can write that you’ve been doing this all the time.”
“After all, in the process of work, you can get it all.”

“Basic education” - 3%
“I’m a PhD, but I rarely mention this in my resume, because the“ very educated ”annoy employers.”

“Knowledge of foreign languages” - 9%
“Those who work in an embassy abroad or reside there permanently know a foreign language well.”
"The level of language proficiency depends solely on practice: it is in demand - it rises, no - it is forgotten."
“Often, the employer overestimates their requirements in terms of language proficiency. Often work is not associated with close communication. Basically, these are cliches, expressions, reading documentation - a fairly technical level. ”
"The level of computer skills, specialized programs" - 15%
“Too often, recruiters consider a resume only from a formal point of view, not realizing that a really interesting candidate can master a software product in the right amount in a week.”
"Computer programs (from experience) are mastered on the go."
“The required level of computer skills is easily achieved by practice.”
“I do not think that ignorance of a particular program should be an obstacle to getting a job. The main thing is work experience and a desire to work. ”

“Other” - 3%
"Gaps in the experience."
“I mean hobbies and interests, in this case you can boast a little, knowing that this will not have a significant impact on hiring.”
“Hobbies and interests outside of work. Perhaps something happened to you once, this is not a hobby. But I can indicate it, I think. ”
“It is possible to systematize several types of work in one or combine several stages in one time period.”
"Bad habits".
“You can have several resumes, each of which will focus on a specific field of activity (position), but this is not a distortion of the data, but their emphasis.”
"Income level".
"Everything that cannot be verified by documentary or primary tests can be embellished."
"Having a car significantly increases the chances of finding a job."

“Difficult to answer” - 19%
"Better not do it."
"I write only the truth."
“I don’t see the point - all the secret sooner or later becomes apparent.”
“I don't think embellishment really helps.”

"Any" inaccuracies "in the resume are unacceptable" - 37%
“Then it turns out anyway. "
"Any distortions and embellishments in a personal meeting are easily revealed."
"You can not start a new life with a lie."
“To indicate in a resume information that is highly distorted and embellished means initially to deceive a potential employer, which in itself is not a good start to joint work.”
"Subsequently, when everything turns out, it will only get worse."
“I believe that no data should be embellished if you are a real specialist and a decent person.”
“Any distortion of the truth in the summary is unacceptable: it will be extremely unpleasant when these“ inaccuracies ”are suddenly revealed. "

Describe yourself in one word

Why is this being asked? “Most likely, this is how the interlocutor tries to determine your personality type and degree of self-confidence, and also to find out if your work style matches the style adopted by the company,” Taylor explains.

What's the catch? This question is dangerous in the early stages of the interview when you have no idea who the potential employer is looking for. "There is a fine line between self-confidence and complacency, shyness and modesty," says Taylor. “People are multifaceted, so it’s hard for them to describe themselves in a few words.”

What kind of answer is expected from you? “First of all, be careful,” Taylor advises. - "If you consider yourself a reliable and dedicated person who, moreover, is not averse to joking, sound a conservative option." If you are applying for the position of accountant, you should not mention that you prefer a creative approach to business. This characteristic is more suitable for the artist or decorator. The accountant must be punctual and accurate. “Most employers are looking for honest, reliable and motivated people who can work in a team and are not pressurized. However, if you just blur out the prepared words, you will not make the best impression. This question gives you the opportunity to demonstrate their best qualities and relevance the job you're applying for. "

Do you apply for other vacancies? How do they compare with our vacancy?

Why is this being asked? "In fact, the interlocutor wants to know how active you are in your search," Nikolai says. - "Based on the answer, he will be able to evaluate how you speak about other employers and how honest you are."

What's the catch? If you say that you do not apply for other vacancies, this puts you not in the best light. Few job seekers submit resumes in only one place, which is why the employer may consider that you are lying. If you honestly talk about other opportunities and respond positively about them, the recruiter may worry that you intend to make a choice in favor of another employer and will not want to waste your time on you. "Talking about other employers negatively is also not an option," says Nikolai.

What answer is expected from you? You can say: "I am going through interviews in several organizations, but I still can’t decide which step will be the most profitable for me." “That answer sounds decent,” says Nikolai. - "Do not praise or scold the competitors of the potential employer."

Tell us about your strengths and weaknesses.

Why is this being asked? The interlocutor is trying to identify potential problems - for example, inability to work in a team or lack of punctuality. “Each vacancy is unique, so you can’t give a definite answer to this question. The advantages you mentioned should correspond to the requirements for the vacancy, and weaknesses should reflect something positive,” says Taylor. - "In the end, the interlocutor must understand that the pros outweigh the cons."

What's the catch? The answer to this question can completely ruin the impression. If you honestly talk about your shortcomings without emphasizing the strengths. "In addition, these advantages may not match the specifics or style of work," says Taylor. “It would be better to prepare an answer to this question in advance so as not to walk on the minefield.”

What answer is expected from you? Human resources specialists want to know that your strengths fully correspond to the position you are applying for, and weaknesses will not prevent you from successfully managing your duties. “In addition, they value your honesty and confidence,” says Taylor.

Why do you want to work here?

Why is this being asked? This question is asked in order to determine the motives of a potential employee, the degree of his awareness of the company and the desire to get a job.

What's the catch? “Of course, there are several reasons why you want to work in this particular company,” Taylor said. “The only thing that matters is how you prioritize.” You can think to yourself: “I hope that my work will be paid according to my deserts” or “Though I’ll have a normal boss here” or “I live fifteen minutes walk from the office”, but all these arguments have no meaning for HR representative. “In addition, the potential employer wants to know how interested you are in the job,” adds Taylor.

What answer is expected from you? Representatives of the personnel department want to see that the candidate carried out preparatory work, studied the specifics of the company and the industry as a whole.

In addition, they want to make sure that you need this (and not any) job, that you are energetic and positive, that you are aware of your goals and are ready to contribute to the common cause.

Why do you want to leave your current job?

Why is this being asked? "A potential employer is trying to find out in advance about potential problems, especially if before that you often changed jobs," Taylor explains. He wants to see all the pitfalls and objectively evaluate the candidate.

What's the catch? It is unlikely that anyone likes to talk about an unloved job. If you do not show diplomacy and tact, the representative of the personnel department may have additional questions and doubts.

What answer is expected from you? The employer hopes that you are looking for new opportunities to show your talents and abilities. "Remember that recruiters are not at all opposed to hearing that you are interested in professional growth precisely in their company."

What are you most proud of from a professional point of view?

Why is this being asked? The interlocutor wants to understand your true passion and aspirations. “It’s important not only what you have worked on, but also the attitude to this work,” says Taylor. - "It is assumed that people who proudly and eagerly talk about the previous case will relate to the new in a similar way."

What's the catch? Leaders may suggest that you enjoy doing what you are talking about, and you do not mind continuing such an activity. If you do not describe the situation from different angles, you may be considered limited.

What answer is expected from you? Those responsible for the selection of employees want to see candidates as the ability to clearly articulate their thoughts, infect others with their enthusiasm and positive energy. “Remember one thing: in an effort to talk about your successes, don't exaggerate and brag about it,” Taylor advises. “If you manage to get this job, you will have to justify your words.”

What qualities did managers and colleagues with whom you liked work most / least have?

Why is this being asked? The personnel specialist is trying to determine the level of your conflict with people belonging to certain personality types. “In addition, he needs to know what conditions you need to work productively,” says Taylor.

What's the catch? If you cannot abstract from the situation, then you risk admitting that you experience difficulties in interpersonal interaction. In addition, your potential boss may have some of these qualities. If you said that the previous boss had too many meetings, and you didn’t have time to work, and your interlocutor blushed sharply, you might have hit him hard.

What answer is expected from you? “Surely they want to hear positive, not negative feedback from you,” Taylor explains. - "Start your story with the good and mention the bad only in passing." Do not dodge the answer and do not stick out your personal flaws. Tell us about the qualities you value in other people. Emphasize that you can work in people belonging to different psychotypes. For example: “It seems to me that I can find a common language with different people. I like to work and communicate with people who know exactly what they want and who strive to express their expectations in advance.”

Would you like to open your own business?

Why is this being asked? Taylor claims that this is how the employer tries to determine the likelihood that one day you decide to go on a free swim. “Managers want to know that the money and time they spent on you will pay off,” she adds.

What's the catch? Each of us probably thought about starting a business. This question is dangerous because you can be overly enthusiastic when talking about the prospect of being your own boss. The employer may be afraid that this thought is too close to you.

What answer is expected from you? Of course, there is nothing wrong with recognizing the attractiveness of the prospect of independent work. You can turn the conversation into a different direction, saying that you have already tried to open your own business or thought about it and found that this option is not suitable for you. It will sound more true than "No, I never thought about it."

Such a question is your chance to talk about teamwork and finding your place in the team. In addition, you can say that you like the work of a specialist, and you do not want to organize the work of other employees or keep accounts. To dispel all the fears of a potential employer, tell him about what he attracts you.

If you could choose any company, where would you like to work?

Why is this being asked? The representative of the personnel department wants to make sure that you are serious and not ready to accept any proposal you receive. "In addition, candidates who often change their points of view are screened out. You probably heard about how great it is to work on Google, but if you talk about it, you will appear before the employer in a bad light. Remember that the interview is not secular conversation, and proceed from the available opportunities, "Taylor advises.

What's the catch? A casual reference to major competitors may cast doubt on your intentions.

What answer are they waiting for? "The interlocutor wants to know that his company is the first on your list of priorities." You can answer: "I have collected information about the organizations that operate in our industry, and your company seems to me to be an ideal place of work. I like what you do and I would like to contribute."

If you won $ 5 million, how would you spend it?

Why is this being asked? The employer wants to know if you will remain in your place if you do not feel the need for money. The answer to this question gives an idea of ​​your motivation and work ethic. The story of the desire to spend or invest money speaks of the maturity of the potential employee and his ability to bear responsibility.

What's the catch? Such questions are usually asked suddenly and are very confusing. "They are in no way related to work, and their purpose at first glance is incomprehensible," says Taylor. “If you don’t think about your answer, you’ll quickly lose control of the situation.”

What answer is expected from you? The employer wants to know that you will continue your business because you like it. In addition, he wants to make sure that you can make reasonable financial decisions. If you are irresponsible about your money, then you probably will not value the employer's money.

Have any of your colleagues or superiors ever asked you to give up your principles? Tell us about it.

Why is this being asked? A potential employer is trying to appreciate your morality. “He wants to hear a story about a delicate situation that you managed to get out of with honor,” Taylor explains. “Perhaps this is how he checks how far you can go.” In fact, the question is: Do you know how to use diplomacy? Can you have a public scandal? Can you kick back? How do you think in such situations?

What's the catch? The interlocutor wants to know how sensitive you are. In addition, they do not want to hire those who talk about previous employers, regardless of the severity of their misconduct. “If you share too much information, you’re unlikely to get a job offer,” says Taylor. - "This is a very tricky question. Choose your words carefully and try to show maximum tact."

What answer is expected from you? Try to give a clear and professional answer without revealing confidential details. Too honest an answer will not give you any benefits.

You can say something like: “Once a colleague invited me to participate in a project that seemed unethical to me, but the problem resolved by itself. If the project casts doubt on the reputation of my employer, I try to report it as soon as possible, because overall success is very important to me. "

Are there reasons why someone might not like working with you?

Why is this being asked? A potential employer wants to know in advance about possible communication problems and asks directly about it. "The worst that can happen is that you lie and your deception is revealed," Taylor explains. “The negative tone of the question can confuse even the most experienced professionals.”

What's the catch? This question may serve you poorly. If you decide in a simple way and say that working with you is a pleasure, then just insult the interlocutor and devalue his question. Therefore, you will have to formulate the answer so as to communicate the truth and not look sorry at the same time. "Recruiters don't like candidates who feel sorry for themselves," Taylor says.

What answer is expected from you? You can say: "It’s not easy to get along with me, especially if the deadlines are running out. I often lose patience and quickly lose my temper." However, you will not look the best way. Taylor suggests changing this answer a little: “I usually get along well with my colleagues. My previous experience proves this. However, some colleagues felt a temporary dislike for me when I tried to make them work better. Sometimes we are forced to make uncomfortable decisions for the good of the whole company. "

Why are you looking for a job so long?

Why is this being asked? "Recruiters are skeptical," says Taylor. “Sometimes they see blame where it is not, until they are convinced of the opposite.” This is an unpleasant question that may sound insulting. You might think that the other person suspects you of a lack of motivation, knowledge or experience, problems with employers and other sins.

What's the catch? The very wording of the question is designed to test your strength. Ignore the bait and give a calm, detailed answer.

What answer is expected from you? The representative of the personnel department wants to make sure that you take the initiative, even when you are unemployed, because Your perseverance and perseverance will be useful to the company. Sample answers: "I constantly go for interviews, but before accepting the offer, I have to make sure that the work suits me 100%", "I am actively looking for work and trying to improve my skills (through volunteering, extension courses qualifications, etc.). " "If you manage to control yourself, you can give a clear answer without going into details," says Taylor.

Use caution. Do not complain about the high unemployment rate, the specifics of the labor market and industry, etc. The employer wants to evaluate your desire to contribute to the common cause and find out how active you are.

How did you manage to make time for this interview? What did you say to your supervisor?

Why is this being asked? Employees want to know your priorities. What is more important for you - ongoing work or an interview? "Employers know that by habits you can judge the integrity of a potential employee. If he neglects his work for the sake of a ghostly opportunity, he will most likely repeat this technique when he searches for his next job," says Taylor. “In addition, they want to see how you deal with awkward situations (for example, when you need to lie to your boss).” Ideally, interviews should come at lunchtime, which is considered personal time.

What's the catch? In fact, the question is: "What is it like to look for a new job behind the backs of the authorities?" For the most part, applicants are embarrassed that this is the case, so they are trying to give a lengthy answer.

What answer is expected from you? Explain that work is of the utmost importance to you. Schedule interviews before or after work, at lunchtime or on weekends. If you are asked to voice an excuse that you have provided to your boss, do not go into details. Do not say: "I took a day off." Taylor recommends saying: "My manager understands that I have personal time and does not ask what I do. He is more interested in the results of my work."

Tell us about the most difficult situation that you have encountered.

Why is this being asked? With the help of this question, the representative of the personnel department receives a huge portion of information. He not only learns how you deal with stressful situations, but also understands how you think and determine the degree of complexity of the situation, what actions you take to deal with unforeseen circumstances.

What's the catch? As a rule, this question is perceived as an invitation to show off your success. Do not fall for this bait. "Focus on your ability to solve problems under pressure," Taylor advises. “Do not talk about your feelings and experiences. Tell us about the steps you took to deal with difficulties. Have you managed to act logically and consistently?” Choose your examples carefully, as they will give a potential employer an idea of ​​what you think is difficult.

What answer is expected from you? Taylor argues that employers want job seekers to solve problems. "They give preference to those who think sensibly and professionally, as well as those who are able to quickly recover from failure," she adds. To formulate a worthy answer, prepare a story in advance about how you successfully overcome major professional difficulties.

You have been doing your own business for several years. How do you plan to adapt to our culture?

Why is this being asked? If you were engaged in your own business, you probably have qualities that are useful to any company. But Nikolai claims that such an experience can confuse some HR specialists and raise similar questions. According to Nikolai, "many employees who have never had to show independence are afraid of former entrepreneurs."

What's the catch? Many hide their personal achievements to prove that they are not a threat to the company. This approach does not allow you to demonstrate your desire and ability to work.

What answer is expected from you? “The employer wants to see the candidate’s devotion to the company, the desire to become part of a large team and contribute to the common cause,” Nikolai said. Even if you are not enthusiastic about this idea, emphasize how important the work is for you. “The employer wants to know that the job seeker needs him,” she says.

How do you define success for yourself?

Why is this being asked? "The interlocutor is not only trying to determine the level of your motivation, but also to some extent testing your character," says Taylor. The answer gives an idea of ​​the priorities of the applicant. Do you like to cope with difficulties? Learn something new? Or are you taking a more personal approach?

What's the catch? This question is a real minefield, because The concept of success is very subjective. Any, even the most reasonable answer can be misinterpreted. "There is a fine line between ambitiousness and initiative, although in any case you will bring significant benefits to the organization," says Taylor.

What answer is expected from you? When answering general and vague questions that include the discussion that follows, try to structure your phrases so that they don't cause objection."Define success so that your words directly affect the interests of the potential employer, based on what you read in the job description and found out during the interview," Taylor advises. For example: "My success lies in applying the gained experience and knowledge to achieve the goals of the company."

Taylor argues that such an answer is fundamentally different from other formulations in which the poorly veiled “desire to occupy a good position to gain access to more important things” comes through. Use specific language that is directly related to your professional activity.

Yes, we will teach you bad again. This time - a lie on the pages of the resume. Do not be afraid, nothing criminal, your conscience will remain almost crystal clear, but they will call you for interviews more often.

Actually, we now have to tell you that lying is very bad or even terrible, and then back it all up with a long and boring narrative designed to convince you to never do this. But we, perhaps, will not do this. And in gratitude for your understanding, we will allow you to lie from time to time, for example, in a resume. Just because almost everyone does it. According to statistics, it is true that there are about 50% of such liars, but we suspect that the remaining 50% simply lied that they were not lying. Of course, everything written in the resume may be checked, but may not be checked. Guess who will be hired in the latter case? No, not honest you, but someone who presented himself in the best light, a little lies. If your conscience now writhes and suffers in terrible processes of self-devouring, you will calm her down. For example, scientists are not against it at all, they say that a lie can indicate a high level of intelligence and ambition. In the meantime, when you started writing your resume about how you taught at Harvard, saved refugees off the coast of Libya, and nearly removed Zuckerberg from a leadership position on Facebook, we’ll tell you how and what you can lie about.

Exaggerate a little

With exaggeration, everything seems to be clear, just embellish everything that you actually know, everything that you have ever done or tried to do. For example, once in your life you were entrusted with a project, you somehow completed it to the end, but, to be absolutely honest, it turned out to be quite successful. Come on, you are now compiling the best resume in the world, not the time to be really honest. Write that you have experience managing large projects in conditions of a lack of resources. It sounds pretty cool, and not to say that you directly lied a lot. Was there a project? Was! Lack of resources also took place. It’s not necessary to go into details that under the resources you should understand your qualifications, hard work and motivation, which at some point let you down.

Downplay a little

If you overdo it with exaggeration, then the resume can turn into endless reading, over which even the most hard-working recruiter will fall asleep. Therefore, you have to sacrifice something. For example, the story of how you, the applicant for the position of head of the IT department, worked as a pancake shop in your student years. This is not a lie at all, just a timely silence. It’s just that nobody needs it, and the recruiter will only thank you for saving him from unnecessary information. At the same time, you can shorten your resume to all those facts that present you in a disadvantageous light.

Skillfully fill in the blanks

It is unlikely that quitting one job, you immediately settled on another. Most likely, you spent a couple of months (or even more) months in search of your life path and suitable vacancies. On the one hand, there is nothing supernatural. On the other hand, the question arises of why this is not such a classy specialist, with whom you are trying to imagine yourself, immediately not a shadhantili. It would be possible to stretch the dates of your employment a little, but they are very easy to check, and therefore it will not be difficult to catch you on a lie. So your task is to fill these gaps with something useful. “I was looking for work,” “I did nothing,” and “rested from the infernal plow-up” —will not work as options. But “I attended specialized educational events in order to improve my skills and acquire new skills” - this is quite worthy of such a classy specialist as you. If you are not too lazy to google what events you could visit during the period of forced idleness, then it will be almost impossible to convict you of a lie. “Reading specialized literature and studying new programs” is also suitable. In fact, everyone does not care what you did there these two months, but at the same time it is very important that this is something useful.

Why employees say goodbye to ideal employers

Everything that you can quickly learn, you have every right to add to the list of your skills. For example, an employer really wants to see Power Point gurus as an ideal candidate. And you do not just directly know it perfectly, but a couple of years ago he was seen over someone’s shoulder. Feel free to write that you are still a guru. If you are called for an interview, you will have at least a night to master the program. Years of college should have taught you that night is a very realistic time to learn something. Just do not forget to adequately assess your ability to absorb new information - you can hardly learn Pashto language overnight. However, if you can, be sure to mention this phenomenal ability in your resume.

False impression

If you do everything right, your little lie will justify itself and you will be called for an interview. There we advise lying more accurately - the chances that you will be caught red-handed in the place, much more. But here we have advice that broke free on our pages directly from the mouth of recruiters. In general, the moment you are about to talk about monstrous traffic jams, about how you barely found the company’s office according to the unimaginable instructions given by some nerd, and found a parking space with difficulty, stop and ... lie! Say that the road was just a fairy tale, you all found it without the slightest effort, and you can safely reward the one who explained the way for politeness and availability of explanations. Here everyone will immediately understand that you are not some kind of boring whiner who will infect the whole office with his longing, but a real positive shot, everyone needs this, believe me.