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Here are the most common lies people tell on their CVs - and the ones employers find most serious

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You’re a pretty employable guy, aren’t you? A solid educational background, years’ worth of great work experience and job roles, a variety of personal interests that reflect how well-balanced, responsible, but also fun a person you are. What a CV! 

Except you’re lying, aren’t you? You’re bending the truth a little to make yourself look better, at least according to a new study from YouGov, which has revealed that loads of us are lying on our CVs – and we’re all lying about the same things.

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Unsurprisingly (at least to anyone who’s ever airbrushed an errant D in GCSE Physics out of their CV) our education and qualifications are the things we’re most likely to lie about, with 40% of those who have lied on their CV having twisted the truth on this topic. We also pretty frequently lie about how long we were in certain roles (35%) and how experienced we are (30%). 29% of CV-fibbers have ‘made up hobbies’, because you can’t just write ‘drinking’ there, can you?. 

But other lies were way more defensible. Though only 1% of people have lied about their names, a BBC investigation last year found that those with ‘English-sounding names’ were three times more likely to be offered a job interview as someone with a Muslim name – a fairly depressing but completely understandable reason for lying on your CV. 

And it seems that employers look more kindly on some lies than others. 

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Lying about your name is the thing employers deem “most serious”; lying about your age is less of a priority. 

But there is some good news if you’re a totally boring bastard: employers don’t really care whether you lie about your interests or not. No need to delete ‘extreme sports’ or ‘leaving the house’ from the ‘personal interests’ section then. 

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