SHOW DATE: OCTOBER 1, 2014
You know it’s true.
You lied to get your job. Eventually, you have to put up or get out.
If you say you know how to work with Excel, eventually you’ll have to learn Excel.
What’s brought this subject up is our office manager, Roberto.
Roberto said he could be a copy edit during his interview. Obviously one of the things you need to do to be a copy editor is spell. When we asked him to read over some client work, the ugly truth was revealed.
He didn’t see a difference between “desert” and “dessert.”
But seriously, this is not the worst sort of lie. There’s all types of lying. Half of Americans admit to lying at some point during a job interview.
We are not in favor of lying. However, our personal belief is that you should do everything you can to get the job. But you have to be able to rise to the occasion if you plan on stretching the truth a bit.
In Roberto’s defense, he was good at English. He had good grades in his English classes. So when he saw that we wanted someone who preferably knew how to copy edit, he said he could.
Our problem is not that Roberto said he was a copy editor. Our problem is that when he got the job he didn’t get ass over to The Learning Annex and learn copy editing.
Just because you have an English degree doesn’t mean you know how to copy edit. Just because you know how to use a computer doesn’t mean you know how to use Excel.
You have to be cautious. This is where the lie gets crazy.
Sometimes you don’t know that you lied. And you find out later that what you said you know how to do you don’t actually know how to do.
What you do then is take a class.
There’s a big misconception. It’s never too late to learn the skill you said you could do (but can’t). Even when you’re found out.
But what’s the difference between an acceptable lie and an unacceptable lie? It’s fine to stretch the truth a little to get the job, but it needs to be something that you can back up.
An example would be saying you can copy edit, if you’re not going for a copy editing job.
If you have 4 out of 5 skills and the 5th skill is something you can learn, say you have all five.
Heath Ledger supposedly got the lead role for A Knight’s Tale by saying he knew how to stage fight. Which he didn’t. But when he got the job he immediately went out and learned how to stage fight.
Here’s an unacceptable lie. If you’re not 6’2”, don’t say you’re 6’2”. This goes for acting gigs, shoots and online dating. If you say you’re 180, and you’re actually 280, that’s a big fat lie.
If you say you worked at Morgan Stanley when you didn’t work at Morgan Stanley, that’s unacceptable.
If you say have a Bachelor’s and you don’t, that’s unacceptable.
These are career destroyers.
These are usually lies made up from thin air.
There’s a difference between faking it till you make it and flat-out lying.
You know in your heart when you’re hustling and when you’re just making shit up. It’s the same feeling you had when you were five years old and knew you were doing something wrong.