Why it’s not just candidates who should be honest during an interview


Imagine you have just interviewed the perfect candidate for your role. They tick every one of your boxes and then some! You make them an offer and they accept. As a hiring manager this is exactly how you want the recruitment process to work. Sadly, this can be where it all goes wrong. Once the person starts it very quickly becomes clear that they weren’t entirely honest about their skills and experience. Your perfect candidate turns out to be an illusion and ultimately doesn’t pass their probation. You have to start the process all over again. Sigh!


Whilst it is rare that candidates would be dishonest to that extreme during an interview, it is all too common that the odd “white lie” will slip in. It is also very common that the candidate has the same problem;


This time imagine that you’ve just interviewed for your perfect role. It ticks all of your boxes, you’re offered the job and accept it, you hand in your notice and start full of hope for your future career. Then it turns out that you’re not actually doing the role that was explained to you, some of the promises about the near future aren’t met or that things in the company/team aren’t quite right. Whilst making a bad hire is a problem for hiring managers, being mis-sold a role is a nightmare for the candidates.


That is why it is so important to be honest with candidates at interviews;

  • Only make promises that you know you, and management above you, will be able to keep
  • Be candid about the role, responsibilities and team. You need to sell the role but not over-sell it
  • Be honest when answering any questions the candidate has
  • If possible, let them meet the team (ideally without management present) so they can give their opinions of what it is really like to work in the role


If you follow these simple rules then hopefully you and your candidate will have a long and successful relationship.



Victoria Watkins is Office Manager here at Corriculo Ltd. After working as a Recruitment Consultant for 5 years she moved to Office Management for an IT consultancy 7 years ago. Victoria was one of the first members of our team and deals with all of our administration and accounts. Connect with her on LinkedInTwitter or Google+


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