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Here’s How I Know When A Job Applicant Is Lying – Forbes

Matthew is an HR Manager who’s figured out how to catch job applicants’ lies when he interviews them. Is Matthew on to something?

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This is an excellent article for anyone who is job searching–whether it’s in tech comm, e-learning, or digital marketing. 

Having sent out G-d knows how many resumes in my lifetime (I know Princeton University alone has received over 100 from me over time, so I’ve generally given up on them), and been on dozens of interviews to know that what the author of this article, Liz Ryan, says is true. Sure, everyone will try to stretch the truth a little bit to make themselves better, but there are ways to say, “Yeah, I’m not as strong in that but I can learn quickly,” in a way that isn’t lying, but still expresses that more carefully. Additionally, this is one reason that volunteering, or talking about topics that interest you–but you aren’t doing–in a blog is helpful. I know that while I haven’t been an instructional designer, anyone who’s read my blog knows that I have a decent foundation in instructional design principles, and I know much about the tools and lingo used in the field. So for me to apply to an e-learning or m-learning job is not that far-fetched. A stretch, sometimes, but nothing more than that. Sometimes recruiters have contacted me with something that I think is way off target, but I’ll look at it a second time, and think, “Hmm…maybe I can do this after all.”

As Liz Ryan said in the article, it’s a two-way street as well. Employers are always working to ensure that their brand evokes something positive, even when things aren’t going well, because they want to retain good talent. 

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Danielle M. Villegas is a technical communicator who currently employed at Cox Automotive, Inc., and freelances as her own technical communications consultancy, Dair Communications. She has worked at the International Refugee Committee, MetLife, Novo Nordisk, BASF North America, Merck, and Deloitte, with a background in content strategy, web content management, social media, project management, e-learning, and client services. Danielle is best known in the technical communications world for her blog,, which has continued to flourish since it was launched during her graduate studies at NJIT in 2012. She has presented webinars and seminars for Adobe, the Society for Technical Communication (STC), the IEEE ProComm, TCUK (ISTC) and at Drexel University’s eLearning Conference. She has written articles for the STC Intercom, STC Notebook, the Content Rules blog, and The Content Wrangler as well. She is very active in the STC, as a former chapter president for the STC-Philadelphia Metro Chapter, and is currently serving on three STC Board committees. You can learn more about Danielle on LinkedIn at, on Twitter @techcommgeekmom, or through her blog. All content is the owner's opinions, and does not reflect those of her employers past or present.

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