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I've Been Caught Lying

I've Been Caught Lying

Dear Sugar
Ugh, I've gotten myself into a jam. I am in the process of interviewing for my dream job and right now it appears to be between me and one other candidate. My interviews went really well and I have amazing references. I thought this job was a slam dunk until I got a call from my prospective company questioning my business school degree.

I stated on my resume that I was a graduate and that I had my MBA, but the truth is, I dropped out of school a month before graduation and never completed my last semester. Although I did go to business school, my resume is misleading and now I am caught in a lie. What do I do? I really want this job. Deceptive Deidre

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Dear Deceptive Deidre
Lying on your resume is risky and wrong, but you are not alone. Exaggerating your accomplishments is very common, especially if you want to tailor your job description to the specific job you are applying for, but you must be prepared to provide proof of your claims. In your case, you have no options. I am afraid that you are just going to have to come clean.

Let them know you unfortunately had to withdraw from school a month prior to graduation, and that you are only short a few classes before you are able to obtain your degree. Tell your potential employer how much you want this job and how you are willing to take those classes as soon as possible to complete your business school requirements.

Getting caught lying on a resume can lower your credibility. Being as honest as possible is always best. Reiterate how interested you are in this position and how your other achievements would be a great asset to their company. Give them time to make their decision. In the meantime, enroll yourself if the rest of those classes! Don't let this happen again, especially if you are really an inch away from getting a real degree.

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gossipqueen gossipqueen 9 years
Go back to school, finish and apply again...your lost dreamjob should be a lesson.
Regular_Lady Regular_Lady 9 years
Let the chips fall where they may - if you don't get the job, you've learned a valuable lesson. Change the resume' and start over in your search. Even if you get the job, you'll be living with the spectre of the lie hanging over your head - making htem wonder if you're trustworthy....
Fancy04 Fancy04 9 years
I agree with DearSugar.
cubadog cubadog 9 years
No company will ever understand lying on a resume. I have been in the position of being a hiring manager and there is no way I would hire anyone after lying on their resume. If someone is going to lie on their resume what else will they lie about when they have the job?
honeysugar28 honeysugar28 9 years
That's true nothing is really private anymore thanks to the internet. I agree with Dearsugar's answer I think that's a great explanation. If you're the right candidate they will understand.
angelbaby2 angelbaby2 9 years
to back up chitownem-companies are also looking at credit scores. You can't really lie about anything anymore. At least for the industry that I am in-they do a really intense background check including driving, criminal and education along with credit. I am in the pharmaceutical industry which is very conservative-and generally do not hire sales reps-which is what I am without a least a Bachelor's Degree. So I think that your chances of getting this job are nill. I hope that is not the case-come clean now. I once knew a rep that got fired 5 weeks after she started because they found out she didn't have her degree after they finished her backgound check. Perhaps is isn't to late for you if you act now. Good luck.
My-Opinion My-Opinion 9 years
great advice Dsugar!!
ChiTownEm ChiTownEm 9 years
Most of the comments on this page are right on the money...want to know how I know? I am a corporate recruiter. Hiring managers and recruiters at ALL companies have background check procedures of varying intensity, but one thing that will get reference checked 99% of the time is your education. If you are caught lying on an application or resume, it is safe to say you will not be hired. Dishonesty on a resume or application is a red flag to people in these professions. Furthermore, most background checks actually go on after you are extended an offer. This means that your lie could be discovered after you were already working, which is even messier because then you will be fired. Take it from someone who does this for a living. DO NOT LIE ON RESUMES. You will almost certainly be caught. If this really is your dream job, take the few classes you need to get the education to back up your resume.
DesignRchic DesignRchic 9 years
oh no, BUSTED. honesty is the best policy.
jennifer76 jennifer76 9 years
Yep, totally agree, Sweet C. You've lost this job. Especially since they have another candidate that measures up. You better just hope that your industry isn't so tight that other prospective employers will be hearing about you. I hope you've learned something from this. And, I do think you should still follow Dear's advice. Be totally honest and upfront. You weren't misleading. You outright lied. You claimed you had a degree that you have NOT earned. Eat some crow. Get your degree. Be smarter in the future.
cubadog cubadog 9 years
Sweet you are not mean.
SWEET-C9363 SWEET-C9363 9 years
not to be mean but u can kiss this goodbye. get ur degree and learn this lesson
cubadog cubadog 9 years
I like how you call your lie misleading. You lied and got caught. Trust me they know your lying. The brutal honesty is that your probably not going to get this dream job. You should have been honest from the beginning and now your lack of integrity is going to bite you in the ass.
tra tra 9 years
I agree with DS but unfortunately I think that your dream job will strictly be a dream because of your dishonesty. Even if you tell your possible-future-employer your story and that you plan on completing your degree, you've already proved that you're dishonest and nobody wants a liar working for them.
Lindsb Lindsb 9 years
I agree with DS. This one is tricky. If you enroll in the classes or speak to someone about enrolling - you can at least tell your prospective employer that you are very close to and are determined to get your degree as soon as possible. Hopefully, they will focus on your talents and skill and honesty instead of the lack of a degree. It's just a piece of paper.. I hope it all works out. Good luck!
honey31 honey31 9 years
I agree with dearsugar.
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