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Not too long ago, I applied for a job and to be able to qualify, I lied on my resume. I knew that lying was not the right thing to do, but I really wanted this job and without that lie, I knew I was not going to be selected for an interview. The problem is that because of the lie I put on my resume, I did qualify for the job and now they want to interview me to see if I am the right candidate for the position. Now, I feel bad and even when I want this job so bad, I know that what I did was wrong and that I should not be considered for the position. At this moment, I do not know what I should do to make things better. Should I contact the company and tell them the truth? Or, should I just leave it alone and see what happens? Please help!
Dear J. M,
I think is time for you to come clean. Lying on a resume can get you fired later on if your employer finds out that you were not honest about your qualifications. Obviously, this situation is making you feel bad and you should listen to your guts. If you really want to make things better, I will suggest you to call the human resources department and see if you can resubmit a new resume or if you could make corrections to the application that you already submitted. You do not have to explain why you are doing it. Just tell them that you need to make some corrections. If they allow you to do that, use it to your benefit and tell them the truth. If they do not allow you to make corrections, then I guess you will have to come clean during the interview. The important part here is that you know you lied and that you want to do what is correct. As I said before; getting a job as a result of lying on your resume is not only wrong but also risky and if the employer finds out, you can still be fired and even get in some other legal problems. So, go ahead and do what you know is right and see what happens. If at the end, you end up losing the job, then I guess it was not meant to be. Just use this situation as a learning experience not to make the same mistakes in the future.
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