During a job inteview, should you be honest with all your answers?

Philippines
September 8, 2009 8:36pm CST
I know this might be absurd to everyone since we must really be honest during a job interview. However, let me give a special case. Let's say you are a former manager of a top company but you don't have a job right now. Currently, you are a street vendor to make a living and in your place it is illegal since you don't have a selling permit. So if the interviewer will ask your current job, will you be honest about it? Or will you say that you are into a small business instead of being a street vendor? What's your honest opinion?
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@erikmama (12929)
• United States
9 Sep 09
i do not think you should just down righ t lie because this could be damaging later on. But if their are things you would rather not disclose that is not directly related to the job, I would say to just not be so forthcoming with information.
@mrinali (392)
• India
9 Sep 09
I agree with you erikmama..
@irene3184 (900)
• Philippines
29 Sep 09
Honestly, i won't tell or discuss it during my job interview because being a street vendor does not reflect to your resume either.
@AKMEDIA2 (328)
• United States
15 Sep 09
I'm always honest with the interviewers on a job interview but I have seen other people be completely dishonest. I don't know why they do that since in the end I think when they get the job, their employers will find out they lied the hard way.
• Philippines
11 Sep 09
I guess when talking about job experience and description I think you should be honest with it because that is what is written on your resume. Remember during interview, an interviewer is holding your resume. Since you are selling yourself, it is appropriate to say or share your attributes honestly. I remember during my interview, I was not honest when he asked me about my weakness. My weakness is I easily get tired when I am doing tons of work. Which means I can't render deadlines because i easily get exhausted. I remember I answered it differently. I said I am capable of anything(liar!) Lol. I believe when we said something which is not true it will show on our face.
• China
10 Sep 09
I'll be honest totally! For that, i'll tell him the whole story. Briefing how i became the manager in that top company, why i left the position, what i have learned during that time, and especially the experience which i can get from a street vendor.
@xchyler (258)
• Philippines
10 Sep 09
hi fatherblogger! good morning.. In your situation that what we call a white lies because it depends on the situation it's a case to case bases just like me ,I remember before I interviewed I make a point that my answers are all true and honest because they refer to my resume that's why. GOD BLESS... xchyler
@lingli_78 (12841)
• Australia
9 Sep 09
i think we should... it is the first time impression for the employer and if we are caught lying, we will be very embarrassed and most probably the employer wouldn't want to hire us... honesty is always the best policy... and even if it means that we won't get the job because of our honesty, it is still much better than lying... we will feel guilty anyway if we lie... that's for me... take care and have a nice day...
@savypat (20245)
• United States
9 Sep 09
I like honesty because it can't come back to bite you. But usually you are asked for you last employer and so you could say self employment, but it isn't working out and you would really need something more reliable. I'd fudge it all I could.
@LittleMel (14051)
• Canada
9 Sep 09
can you actually sell or distribute their products without permit? no, right? so what's the problem? what you CAN do now doesn't always have anything to do with what you WILL do when they employ you. you can simply say that you are now a street vendor and you are working on getting a permit. if you say you have a small business, they will ask business name and whether it is registered. so it's the same thing in the end. in fact it's easier for them to find out whether your business is registered than to find out whether you have street vendor permit or not. they are themselves a business, aren't they? don't say you don't have permit. period. say that you are working on one. this shows you know you need to get one, and you are not just ignoring it.
@Riyall (8)
9 Sep 09
You shouldn't be completely honest but don't lie either. Basically you're selling yourself. Imagine how would you sell something yoyu really want to sell. Make sure you are comfortable with whatever you say other wise it will be counter productive. Practice before hand.
@Bluepatch (2480)
• Trinidad And Tobago
9 Sep 09
You should be honest but you don't have to let yourself down either. Say everything that's true and nothing that's bad about yourself. If they ask you somethhing about something bad just respond with a relative answer that leads the blame away from you. Lastly, if getting the job means lying, why not ? Its the job you want and that's important, isn't it ?
@forptc (290)
• Philippines
9 Sep 09
You really don't have to tell the whole truth in a job interview. I mean c'mon, if being all too honest would mean you won't get that job you've been looking for (specially if you're currently unemployed and are desperate for a job), you'd rather try to show a competitive edge above all other applicants. But keep yourself in check because the interviewer just might remember your interview and would expect you to perform the way you promised. Be realistic with your answers and probably somewhere close to the real thing but everything you have to be sure you could handle when you get that position.
@mermaidivy (15407)
• United States
9 Sep 09
To be honest with you, I would say anything possible that I could get closer to get the job, I don't think I would honestly tell the emplyer my real weakness, I mean if I don't know the certain software, I would say no but if the employer asked me if I am able to work under stress or deal with difficulities and stuff, I would say Yes, I don't want the employer thinks I am not capable to do work.
@smithid (123)
• Nigeria
9 Sep 09
most times truth are good but they get you faster out of line in getting the jobs.
@1anurag1 (3580)
• India
9 Sep 09
I dont think that every body is honest during the job interview, and as we are told to do this and not to do that in a way in interview. so that is really not the real inter- view of ours. And what i feel in today's world if a person is not so good and dont pretent even not to be, he will not get the job. so that is the compulsion now for bread an butter.
@Lakota12 (42681)
• United States
9 Sep 09
Its a business isnt it!
• United States
9 Sep 09
For the interview,you are a former manager.They don't need to know anything you can't or wouldn't put on your resume.
• China
9 Sep 09
I think we really don't need to be that honest during a job interview. we are look for jobs, not friends, so it is not a big deal, honestly, sometimes it is necessary. Some interviewers don't care about our ability, but a degree, so in this case, I usually have to say I have a high degree, so that I can meet the criteria. In fact, most of them don't insist on taking a look at my diploma at last.
• United States
9 Sep 09
I would rather say half of the truth, let's say that that person asks me about my job so i simply say to that person that i don't have a job because i don't consider street vendor as a job, i would think of if as "hobby" I don't mind working as a street vendor but i wouldn't consider it as a job though....anyways i would say to that person,it would be very grateful if i manage to get a job to survive :) I mean sometimes you have to say the truth but if it's something that involves your future then i should think before i mess this up.
@dolmitta (221)
• India
9 Sep 09
I like to be honest in my interviews. If i was in this situation, i don't mind what the interviewer or the organization things about me and i will surely tell the truth. I think that the right option because if the organization finds out or someone in the organization has seen you on the street its very embarrassing. So being honest is the best.