It’s something they learned not to do in grade school, but recent college graduates do it anyway. Don’t lie in an interview — it could cost you the job.
One-third of hiring managers say the second biggest mistake college graduates make in a job interview is lying or exaggerating on their work experience, says a survey from consulting firm Korn Ferry.
Job interview mistakes
Odds are the hiring manager is going to catch on to whether or not the candidate is telling the truth about their work experience. Same for the biggest mistake grads make, and its just negligent on their own part.
Nearly two-thirds of hiring managers say their biggest pet peeve with college graduates is not researching the company or position they’re applying for. And lying about work experience will trip up college graduates on the third biggest mistake.
Hiring managers want to see achievements and hear a distinguishing story from an applicant. Many can’t provide that, though. Probably because they weren’t honest about their work background in the first place.
“College graduates need to do more than change from their cap and gown — or the grubby jeans and T-shirt they wore every day in college,” says CEO of Korn Ferry Gary Burnison. “Transitioning to the workplace begins with taking control: being mentally prepared, knowing where they’d best fit, researching companies, and networking their way to make a connection.”
Some other mistakes can easily be avoided if the candidate just has self control.
Hiring managers do not want to see a candidate checking their cellphone while interviewing for a job. Eight in 10 say they’ll check your social media, and recommend deleting anything embarrassing prior to the interview. Fifteen percent say showing up late is a problem. Arrive on time if you want to make a good impression.
One thing the study makes clear is that almost no hiring managers (0.32 percent) care how polished a recent graduate’s resume is. More would prefer candidates to prepare for the job hunt and interview.
One positive outlook for recent graduates seeking a job is they have more opportunity than those of the past decade.
Hiring college graduates
Just last year, Debt.com reported that company’s were competing for college grads.
Three-fourths (74 percent) of employers were hiring recent college graduates, says a study from CareerBuilder. That was up from 67 percent the year prior, and was the largest amount since 2007. And the rate of pay was up from the past, too.
Half planned to pay recent graduates higher pay than 2016. Thirty-nine percent planned to pay recent graduates a starting salary of $50,000 a year. And the jobs most sought to fill?
Information technology (33 percent), customer service (24 percent), business development (23 percent), and finance/accounting (20 percent).
Preparing to land a job straight out of school is important for college students when looking at the costs of education. Many students are caught off guard by how pricey higher education is.
More than half of undergraduate students say college is more expensive than they originally planned, says a poll from Barnes and Nobles. Even though 73 percent say they planned how they were going to pay for school.
Nearly all Americans (90 percent), who have student loan debt, wish to find a job with a student loan repayment plan, says a study from consulting firm Oliver Wyman. Something to take into consideration before you blow your first interview out of school.
Originally published at www.debt.com on May 14, 2018.