42% of employers would consider a candidate that met only three of five key qualifications for a specific position, according to a survey by CareerBuilder.
The recruitment company compiled some tall tales told on real-life resumes, ranging from the humorous typo to downright outrageous lies, adding that the people doing the hiring aren’t even that concerned with qualifications.
- Applicant claimed to be a former CEO of the company to which they were applying.
- Applicant for a driver position claimed to have 10 years of experience but had only had a driver’s license for four years.
- Applicant wrote “whorehouse” instead of “warehouse” when listing work history.
- Applicant’s personal website linked to a porn site.
- Applicant introduced himself [in the cover letter] by saying “Hey you.”
- Applicant vying for a customer service position gave “didn’t like dealing with angry customers” as the reason for leaving her last job.
- User name of applicant’s email address was “2poopy4mypants.”
- Applicant claimed to be a Nobel Prize winner.
- Applicant claimed to be fluent in two languages – one of which was pig Latin.
- Applicant claimed to have worked in a jail when they were really in there serving time.
- Applicant who claimed to be HVAC certified later asked the hiring manager what “HVAC” meant.
- Applicant said to have gotten fired “on accident.”
- Applicant claimed to have attended a college that didn’t exist.
- Applicant listed as a reference an employer from whom they had embezzled money and had an arrest warrant out for the applicant.
- Applicant’s stated job history had him in three different companies and three different cities simultaneously.
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