International workplace survey: 
14 percent lie when seeking a new job

 

30/01/2008

Executive summary: The Kelly Services global survey sought the views of more than 115,000 people in 33 countries on a wide range of issues related to the recruitment process. New Zealand is the most angelic nation, with only 4% admitting to telling white lies on their CV or in an interview situation a stark contrast to the Ukraine, where a huge 41% of respondents owned up to being dishonest. 54% of Australians found their last job online, compared to 16 % of Americans.

Edited by Peter Horn

A new international workplace survey by Kelly Services has revealed that 14 percent of 155,000 interviewed tell white lies in their CV to improve their performance and getting the job.This might bring a new meaning to "the importance of being earnest".

This is not the case in the UK - one of the most honest nations when it comes to the job seeking process. Only 8% of the UK admit to being untruthful on their CV or in an interview situation. The most common lies were revealed to be inflating previous salaries and omitting negative details from past employment. While New Zeeland is on top on the be honest about the CV, Ukraine is absolutely the bottom.

Worldwide trends
The Kelly Services global survey sought the views of more than 115,000 people in 33 countries on a wide range of issues related to the recruitment process.

Worldwide trends: While none of us enjoy job hunting, the findings of the survey reveal exactly what we really dont like about it. Surprisingly, it is not the interview that we hate most: the worst part of the recruitment process is actually waiting for feedback from a potential employer.

  • 31 of the countries surveyed revealed anticipating a response to be the most unnerving part of looking for a new job 
  • Nearly half (49%) of the UK said this was the worst part of looking for a job 
  • While Australia and Germany fear it the most, with 62% of respondents rating it as the worst element

New Zealand is the most angelic nation, with only 4% admitting to telling white lies on their CV or in an interview situation a stark contrast to the Ukraine, where a huge 41% of respondents owned up to being dishonest - closely followed by Russia (30%), Spain (27%) and China (25%).

The top three countries with the most respondents posting CVs online were: 

  • Poland (92%) 
  • Indonesia (91%) 
  • Italy and Malaysia (90%)

The USA had the lowest figures with only 62% posting CVs on the Internet. 25% of US respondents gained their current job via word of mouth referral, compared to 16% in the UK

54% of Australians found their last job online, compared to 16 % of Americans.

The Italians are the most trusting of interviewees, with 28% believing employers always treat them fairly in an interview. Turkey and Spain are the most sceptical, with 13% and 11% respectively believing employers never treat them fairly.

70% of people in the UK feel they perform well in interviews. Mexicans are the most confident, with 89% believing they perform well, compared to only 33% of the Japanese. 

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