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An Author Recommends You Lie in Your Interview
By: Cindy Wendland
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Isn’t it great how Gmail separates all your mail into four groups?! Spam gets siphoned out and placed under More. Then Google separates the rest of your email into Primary, Social, and Promotions. This allows you to focus on the important stuff under Primary. Then, when there is extra time, you can go to the Social tab and peruse those messages. That is just what happened today. Only because there were fewer messages did this email catch our attention. LinkedIn Pulse shared an article on why you must lie on job interviews. We clicked!

Honesty is something on which we pride ourselves. Now some author is telling us to lie on a job interview?! We assumed it was a title to catch our attention, which it did, and we assumed the article would have a slightly different twist, which it also did. The point of the article was that typical HR people will screen out the super creative people because many of them don’t play well with others. While these people may not fit into the overall corporate culture, many companies that are looking for brainiac talent are not getting it.

The author was suggested playing the game in the interview and saying what the interviewer wants to hear. Even if you don’t work well with a team, say you do, at least to get the job. Then your creative talents will shine through and teamwork will become less important.

HR has never been a personal strength. Usually friends will interview people for me. The article got us thinking about whether there is an okay time to lie. When a woman asks if an outfit makes her look fat, a white lie is appropriate. When a child asks about the Easter Bunny, a white lie is appropriate. Should white lies extend into the business world in order to get in the door? We struggle with this. Instead, how about HR learns to recognize not all brainiacs have strong social skills but will make other contributions to the company? Then the interview can be honest again. To keep marketing and branding honest, we need honest people to get through the door.

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About the Author
Cindy Wendland has a background in marketing and finance. She is the creative director for an online men's health magazine, BrainBrawnBody.com, and she gets to write their leisure/travel blog. She is also a web designer helping her clients with online community engagement, websitesbywendland.com. Prior to her web years, she worked in pharmacy consulting.
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