Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Liar, Liar, Pants on Fire

People lie at work. All the time. And they will lie to you as a job seeker. 

That may or may not come as a surprise. After all--you've lied to your professors. Aw, come on, don't deny it... do you really think we believe "the dog ate my paper"? Or that sometimes your absence for "illness" wasn't a mental health day? (Which may not be an entirely bad idea--since one mental health day may help you avoid many more "genuine physical illness" days.)

And then there are those lies you tell when somebody asks "does this make me look fat?" (Clue: "yes" is never the right answer!) Likewise: "let's do lunch." (Get a date commitment, or chalk it up to good intentions never to be realized.)

In that spirit, here's a guide to common statements you may hear when you're looking for a job, and when it's not advisable for a middle manager to tell you the truth--but they've got to tell you something.

Learn to read between the lines. Some of these statements (in addition to covering a middle-manager's a** with wording that is acceptable to the Big Boss) may suggest trouble spots in what looks like a pretty desirable job on the surface.

(Thanks and a tip of the hat to Joyce Tesar!)

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