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April 25, 2023

Top 5 Lies People Tell on Their Sales Resumes and How to Spot Them

As a sales recruitment agency, we know some job candidates lie on their resumes. In fact, it’s a common practice for applicants in most industries, including sales. It’s one of…

Brandon Biafore Sales Recruiter
Brandon Biafore

As a sales recruitment agency, we know some job candidates lie on their resumes. In fact, it’s a common practice for applicants in most industries, including sales. It’s one of the many things that you have to watch out for when assessing resumes and determining who to interview.

Most sales managers will tell you they have caught candidates lying on their resumes. And then there are those who may not lie, but misrepresent themselves by using certain words and terminology. The most common areas of dishonesty included employment history, education, and professional licenses or certifications.

But the trouble with people lying on their resumes is that it’s not always obvious. They are subtle lies that candidates include to give them a boost. Our sales recruiters encounter this situation frequently when working with companies looking to hire sales talent.

Below, we’ve identified and listed the most common lies people may tell on their sales resumes, and how to spot them:

1. Exaggerated sales figures

This is perhaps the most common lie you’ll see. Sales professionals may exaggerate their sales numbers to make themselves appear more successful.

If the numbers seem too good to be true, they are. The good news is that spotting this lie is easy. You can spot this lie by asking for specific details, such as the sales cycle, the size of the deal, and the company or product sold.

2. Heightened job titles

Candidates may lie about their job titles to make themselves appear more senior or influential. For example, they may say they were a senior sales associate when they were actually a junior associate. You can spot this lie by verifying the candidate’s employment history with their previous employers.

how to spot lies on a resume

3. Inflated job responsibilities

Candidates may inflate their job responsibilities to make themselves appear more qualified. You can spot this lie by asking for specific examples of how they handled challenging situations or what they accomplished in their role.

4. Fabricated awards or recognition

Candidates may claim to have won awards or received recognition that they did not actually earn. You can spot this lie by verifying the candidate’s claims with the awarding organization or their previous employer.

5. False education credentials

Candidates may lie about their education credentials to make themselves appear more qualified. You can spot this lie by verifying the candidate’s education with the institution they claimed to have attended.

6. How to Find Lies On Sales Candidate Resumes

To spot these lies, it’s important to thoroughly review the candidate’s resume and ask follow-up questions during the interview process. You can also conduct background checks and contact references to verify the candidate’s claims. It’s important to maintain a high level of integrity and honesty in the hiring process to ensure that you are hiring the best candidate for the job. If you suspect a candidate might be lying, look into it more.

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Brandon Biafore Sales Recruiter

Brandon Biafore

With a background successfully leading sales teams (overseeing training & development, driving sales & revenue, and ensuring delivery of exceptional customer service while executing cost control), Brandon is a sales recruiter with a solid understanding of what it takes to succeed in sales leadership role, as well as the challenges faced by hiring managers in finding top sales talent.

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