At an interview (for an internship) I was asked what my SAT score was and why I didn't provide it in my application. I was a complete slacker in high school and did horrible on the SAT, i panicked and lied about my score to the interviewer. They then asked me what I scored on each section and I said that I forgot but would let them know. Before leaving the interview, the interviewer told me they needed my SAT break up and to email them to as soon as possible. Should I continue with the lie, is it possible I will be asked to send an official copy? Or should I email my actually scores, which will show that I am a liar with an extremely low SAT score. I know this is unethical and I feel bad, but I didn't see this coming at all.
Lie About SATs during an Interview?
While SATs may seem irrelevant and dated by the time that you are applying to internships with Wall Street firms; however, some banks / firms still care about them to the point that they at least want to see how you did. If you had middling scores, you may be tempted to lie about your scores. However, our users are split on whether or not lying will work out fine in an interview or on a written application.
Generally speaking, if it is on a written application there is more of a chance that it could be checked so it is not a good idea to lie. If it is just orally communicated during an interview the chances of getting away with the fib are better. Please see our users' thoughts on the OP's original question below.
User @112107 shared that you shouldn't lie regardless:
Do not carry on with the lie. It will come back to bite you one day. You will just end up creating another lie to cover the first. Trust is the most important thing in anyone's career.
User @MidwesternBumpkin explained that the OP should correct the mistake:
It's an interview, and people make slip-ups; they may assume it was an innocent mistake, and it's not too late to correct. The interviewer may not even remember your score. They may assume you got your PSAT and SAT mixed up, or something else. This will hurt you at least as much as a botched answer to a finance question, but it may not lose you the offer.
User @jgsim detailed that once you've started the lie - you should stick to it:
I would send them the fake results. You're completely screwed if they find out you're lying (as someone pointed out, if they care a lot about SAT scores and yours are bad, you won't get the job anyway + you lied so you certainly won't get it). At least you have some chance with the fake results, and it's completely possible that they won't check your SAT scores.
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