Would you lie to­get your dream job?

You know you’re not the can­di­date they’re look­ing for – but maybe you could be, with a sprin­kling of imag­i­na­tion and a lit­tle bend­ing of the truth. But how far could you/dare you/ should you go? Mike Peake in­ves­ti­gates…

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In a re­cent sur­vey of US-based hu­man re­source pro­fes­sion­als con­ducted by Reader’s Digest mag­a­zine, one of the re­spon­dents stated that an in­ter­view was “not the place to be yourself”. Ac­cord­ing to the in­sider – a HR con­sul­tant in Raleigh, North Carolina – any­one who has even been told to let their true char­ac­ter shine through dur­ing an in­ter­view has been given “the worst ad­vice ever”.

“We don’t want people who are neu­rotic and quirky and what­ever else,” she ex­pands. “All we care about is your skill and ex­pe­ri­ence.”

It’s ex­plo­sive stuff – but it isn’t nec­es­sar­ily a fi­nal nail in the cof­fin for any­one al­ready daunted by the prospect of

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