Slideshow Most unusual resume lies

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  • November 24 2014, 1:38am EST
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A job for Pinocchio?

Fifty-eight percent of hiring managers said they've caught a lie on a resume, and 33 percent of these employers have seen an increase in resume embellishments post-recession, according to a poll of hiring managers and HR professionals by the staffing company CareerBuilder. Here are some of the most memorable lies on a resume that they have seen.

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Like father, like son

Applicant included job experience that was actually his father's. Both father and son had the same name (one was Sr., one was Jr.).

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Yes, minister

Applicant claimed to be the assistant to the prime minister of a foreign country that doesn't have a prime minister.

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Alley-oops

Applicant claimed to have been a high school basketball free throw champion. He admitted it was a lie in the interview.

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Going for the gold

Applicant claimed to have been an Olympic medalist.

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Bob the builder

Applicant claimed to have been a construction supervisor. The interviewer learned the bulk of his experience was in the completion of a doghouse some years prior.

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Adventures in babysitting

Applicant claimed to have worked for 20 years as the babysitter of known celebrities such as Tom Cruise, Madonna, etc.

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Time warp

Applicant claimed to have 25 years of experience at age 32.

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Short-term hire

Applicant listed three jobs over the past several years. Upon contacting the employers, the interviewer learned that the applicant had worked at one for two days, another for one day, and not at all for the third.

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Terminate and stay resident

Applicant applied to a position with a company who had just terminated him. He listed the company under previous employment and indicated on his resume that he had quit.

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Renaissance man

Applicant applied twice for the same position and provided a different work history on each application.


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