How to Tell if Someone is Lying
Evasive answers when you are trying to get a job can be frustrating. There are ways to tell if someone is lying to you, though. For example, they may be telling you they still have more interviews to conduct or that they aren’t sure yet of what the pay will be for the job.
If they tell you that they are still doing interviews, ask them how many more and when they will be conducted. If they really have such interviews lined up, they will be able to answer you without hesitation.
Do not discount the possibility that you didn’t do enough to sell yourself in the interview. You may be qualified, but maybe you didn’t convey enough of that to your interviewer. And, now he’s trying to let you down easy. You may not like it, but it happens. (continued below)
If that isn’t the case, the look of surprise on their face can often indicate that they are lying and now they don’t know what to say to you. If they tell you that they can’t disclose such information, that is also a sign that they are likely lying. While there is confidential information that an employer can’t disclose such as the name of the other candidates, what you are asking isn’t out of line.
If you get told that they aren’t sure of the pay scale, you can be sure that is a lie from the start. When a job is advertised, they already know what they can afford to pay for it. Yet in these tough economic times, employers have to search for much more than just someone that can do the job well. They also have to try to find someone that can do it for the least amount of money. It makes sense that they will hire a qualified applicant willing to take $30,000 a year versus an applicant just as qualified asking for $40,000 a year.
If the interviewer’s answer about pay-scale is vague, follow-up your question with, “What then, is the range?” What you’re asking to know is what the high and low parameters the pay rate will fall between are. (ex. The position might pay between $45,000 and $48,000). With that, you can decide if it’s enough, or whether you want to hold out for the higher end.
Many times, you will be asked what your pay requirements are. Rather than divulge how much pay you’re looking for, ask “what does the job pay?” Or, “what range does it fall into?”
On the Hot Seat
When someone is lying to you during a job interview, they likely won’t be looking you in the eye. They will look up, look down, or even look behind you. Pay attention to their body language too such as if they are squirming in their chair. If they twist the body or they are tapping on the desk as they speak to you, those are nervous habits. They may not even be aware they are taking part in them as they talk to you.
Changes in the volume of voice, pitch of voice, or the speed of talking can all be indicators of lying during the interview process. They may be talking faster to a get lie out and over with. Do your best to ask direct questions so that you can fully understand where you stand by the time you leave the interview.
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