Is a job interview really an exercise in deception? Career coaches and researchers who study falsehoods say yes.
It’s no wonder, really. Even as children we’re socialized to tell white lies about the gifts that Grandma brings or how dinner tastes. Job interviews are simply a high-stakes extension of that dynamic, says Robert Feldman, a professor of psychological and brain sciences at the University of Massachusetts Amherst and author of the book “The Liar in Your Life.”
Kathryn Minshew, chief executive of careers site the Muse, says candidates frequently mislead when it comes to their expressions of interest. “Perhaps they just actually need a paycheck,” she says. But no one’s going to confess that if they want to be hired.
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