Our Blog

Every CV has one lie in it. What’s yours?

02/04/15 - 10:43


A bad hire can be very costly for a company. Hiring costs, training fees and salary are all costs that could be wasted from hiring a candidate that wasn’t right for your company.


Reed.co.uk have released some important interview questions that can eliminate bad hiring choices, taken from the new book written by James Reed, ‘Why You: 101 Interview Questions You’ll Never Fear Again’.



What would your co-workers say about you?

Usually interviewers will ask candidates to tell them about themselves. However this can be an easy question to answer and can often not really tell you much about what the candidate is actually like.


A good way to avoid this is to ask what co-workers would say about them. Reed suggested that the below answer is a good candidate response:

 ‘They’d call me dedicated and goal-orientated. After a recent project, I was nominated for an award by my peers, which represented some of the values the business strives for. I’ve also brought along a few testimonials, if you’d like to see them’



What motivates you?

Reed suggests that determining a candidate’s motivation early-on in the interview process can be very effective.

By finding out why an applicant wants to work to you can avoid hiring somebody for the wrong reasons.

If someone can offer an honest and well thought-out answer, they may be the right one for the role.


Good answer:

‘I went into IT straight out of university and while I enjoyed helping people solve their computer problems, what really motivated me was when I got to work on projects analysing which software programs best met a company’s needs. I really love translating people’s requirements into technical solutions and that’s what excites me about this position’.


Where does your manager think you are now?

Questions to determine a candidate’s character are really important in order to tell if an applicant is the right person for the job, which would in turn ascertain if they would fit into your company culture.

A way of doing this is by testing a potential employee’s honesty. By admitting that they lied to their current employer is the easy way out, but it’s not appealing to a potential employer.


Instead, Reed suggests a good answer would be:

‘I booked today as annual leave. I know colleagues who have lied about their whereabouts in the past, but it’s not something I’d be comfortable doing’


Every CV has one lie in it. What’s yours?

Companies nowadays use a ‘curve ball’ question to really determine if an interviewee would be right for the position.

A curve ball questions would be one that might keep a candidate on their toes, such as asking if they’ve lied in their CV. Research shows that 1 in 5 jobseekers lie in their CVs.


Reed have suggested a way to overcome this question with a little bit of humour:

‘“Active lifestyle” may have been a bit of a stretch. I do go and sit in the sauna in my gym from time-to-time, if that counts? On a serious note though, I don’t believe there are any lies on my CV. I believe integrity is very important and that starts with your CV.’



For more information on these questions kindly click on the link below: