Lying on Resumes Becoming More Common

By Robert Half on August 17, 2017 at 10:49pm


Nearly 1/2 of workers know someone who’s lied on a resume.


46% Yes

THAT’S UP FROM 21% IN 2011!

MEN 51% Yes
WOMEN 39% Yes


18-34 55% Yes
35-54 41% Yes
55+ 36% Yes

According to workers, the information that’s most commonly mispresented:

76% Job experience
55% Job duties
33% Education
26% Employment dates

(Respondents who said they know someone who lied on his or her resume. Multiple responses permitted. Top responses shown.)

How often managers think job applicants include false information on their resumes:

12% Very often
41% Somewhat often
38% Not very often
10% Never

(Responses do not total 100 percent due to rounding.)

More than 1/3 of managers said their company has removed a candidate from consideration after discovering the person lied on his or her resume.

Source: OfficeTeam surveys of 1,007 workers and 307 senior managers in the United States

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