Forced to lie

I went looking for a job.

I found this one, it looked like a fit for my skills — on the surface — not enough information was available though. So I applied on Dice.com.

The recruiter called me. “Here’s the job specs, go have a look-see.”

A few of the “Requirements” stuck out at me:

  • Excellent attention to detail
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Excellent interpersonal skills
  • Excellent time management skills
  • Excellent problem-solving and analytical skills

I thought to myself, “I might be excellent in one or two of those, and probably above average in others (and maybe just average in time management…), but I sure as hell am not EXCELLENT in all of those!”

In fact, I’m not sure who is. I’ve never met someone like that. By stating that these are requirements, anyone stepping up with interest would effectively be lying:

“Yes, I’m excellent in all of those things.”

“No you’re not, nobody is. Therefore you’re already lying to us.”

“Well, you got me there. But if everyone who approaches you has to lie about possessing Excellent Everything skills, why make such stipulations? Do you WANT to force every one of your candidates into a LIE — right from the get-go?”

Apparently this is common practice. Job requirements call out completely unrealistic levels and numbers of skills and expect you to lie about them.

Needless to say I brought up this discrepancy and the blatant need to lie to get a job interview. The recruiter didn’t care. “Everyone does it,” he said.

Nice – an entire industry predicated on lies.


7 thoughts on “Forced to lie

  1. That applies to life in general. What would dating profiles look like if people told the truth? Mine would say: I hate long walks on the beach and hiking. I like to be in comfortable places where the temperature can be controlled and there’s access to all modern conveniences. I like silence in the morning – and for most of the rest of the day. In fact I’d rather not be spoken to unless the communication is necessary or in some way productive 😀

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      1. There’s a new class down at the community college — Lying 101 — how to succeed in business in the 21st Century. I hear it’s highly rated, never failed a student yet and used to be taught at Drumpf U, before, you know….

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