Job interview tips…is it all about lying? Likely.

It is sad, but companies don’t like to hear the truth.

I have a few more suggestions to add.

Never tell your future employer that you ever had a health condition. Ever. If you accidentally mention something, say that it was “ages ago.”  If you’re old enough, say “decades ago.” They aren’t going to hire you if you are going to be absent a lot.

If you took time off of college or have a gap in your resume that’s super obvious, do not say “health condition.” You could say you were “traveling” or “taking care of parents” if it seems applicable. Regarding the latter, be careful because “sick parents” is a go-to excuse for “I was in a mental hospital.” Employers know this, or shall I say, some do. “I took time off to raise my kids” might work for some of you. You might try, “Life got in the way.” That might work so long as the gap isn’t too long. You could say you had your own business, which they can’t check up on. I told an employer I was working privately as a life coach. It worked! Then, when you ask about benefits, be sure to say you have purchased your own plan…Don’t say Medicaid or Medicare or you will not get the job.

If you need accommodations, such as a larger computer monitor, or a special pillow for your chair, now is not the time to say so! Tell HR later, after you are hired.

If you have to do a video interview, wear makeup, unless you have dark, distinct features. The camera will make you look on the washed-out side. Wear plain clothes (no prints or stripes) that compliment your skin coloring. Make sure you are in a well-lit place and remember, no messy background! I use curtains, but you can also use a backdrop. Recently I purchased a New York City skyline backdrop but I have yet to use it.


5 thoughts on “Job interview tips…is it all about lying? Likely.”

  1. This is great advice ! I have always been honest but after being misunderstood a million times I have learned to just keep my mouth shut. I’m not sure I can lie. My first lawyer gave me great advice on how to answer questions that might incriminate me. 1. “I don’t know” 2. I don’t remember. Just in case your ever questioned in a court of law. Unfortunately my criminal record prevented me from being hired by grub hub and post mates. I’m self employed and I would love a regular 9-5 job with a weekly paycheck. The gap in my resume is so huge I’m not sure I could explain it away. I was on SSI for over a decade but going to prison magically cured me. Prison is the last place you want mental health “treatment”. In fact, I’m sure my only disability at this point is how I look on paper. I wouldn’t hire me. If you have anymore sage advice I would appreciate it.

    1. Will do! I’ll talk more about the “gap.” I have a 35-year gap. If you count the part-time job I had 1993-1995, then I still have a 20-year gap.

      1. I always worked for relatives and got paid cash. I have filed taxes once in 1999 and that is the last time I worked a real job. I was certified as a peer specialist but in Wisconsin they want you to work for free AND maintain the status quo. That was a waste of time!

        1. Since it was so long ago you could likely say you were paid. Most employers won’t call your previous jobs. Just tell them some specifics and that might be enough. Depending on what the job is. Even if you were paid cash, you don’t have to say they were relatives. Stretch it a bit.

        2. You could say you worked with people in the mental health system. You could say you worked in a program or rehab. You don’t have to say what your supposed status was. You could say “aide” or “assistant.” Of course, if you say peer support, they would know.

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