Everyone Lies on Job Interviews

In our study … 100 per cent of people said they would lie or use deception in one way or another. It seems to be a fairly common thing. 

Jordan Ho

Jordan Ho, a Ph.D., a candidate in IO Psych at the University of Guelph, is the first author of a new study about faking in job interviews that will be published in the Journal of Personnel Psychology later this year. This study is getting a lot of play in the popular press.

That headline might seem like an exaggeration, but here’s the claim:

Responding to questions presented to them online, each of those 775 respondents agreed that — in certain circumstances — they’d be compelled to engage in some level of deception or exaggeration.

Brandie Weikle, CBC News

About the Author

Ben Butina, Ph.D.
Dr. Butina, who hosts the Department 12 Podcast, is an industrial-organizational psychologist with interests in training, leadership development, talent management, and positive psychology in the workplace.

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