Drastic Lies on Resume?

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I worked at a fintech company not too long ago and around the time that I left, I found out one of the "directors" (only had one person under them, seemed like circle jerk title) lied about getting their degree, but still was able to do a good enough job to move up.

Anyone else found out later that a colleague lied big time on their resume/application?

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Mar 23, 2020

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Mar 23, 2020

I have not. the biggest lie was a guy saying he'd gotten an MBA from an M7, when he'd really just taken one or two courses thru the higher education program. I called him out and he said "I'm sure if they wonder about my capabilities it'd be fine." he was from abroad. is this more common abroad?

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Mar 25, 2020

Ooooooof, that's pretty significant lmao. I bet this guy was shaking inside when you called him out.

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Mar 25, 2020

honestly, he seemed pretty blase about it. I did in fact call up the school and told them, but they replied that there wasn't really anything they could do from their end, which really disappointed me.

Mar 24, 2020

If you started a career in one of the investment banks graduate programme, the HR department cross check everything even the grades you got in high school. In fintech people get away with these things because they don't have to resources to cross check everything on the CV.

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Mar 25, 2020

Wow, that's insane. I always wondered how in depth they went. I wonder how rounding up a GPA fares during the investigation process

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Mar 26, 2020

Tech doesnt have the resources? Ever heard of FAANG or MAGA? Lol! They have access to the same resources (third party verification) as the banks.

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Mar 24, 2020

Exaggerating responsibilities, performance or faking a title are what I have seen. But these tend to be discovered in interviews. However, some do go undetected. At least for a while. Until the BS blows up. I assume.

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Mar 25, 2020

Yea I guess if you can deliver after not having the actual experience that's the true tell-tale sign.

Mar 25, 2020

During my years as a hiring manager/director I have seen
- filling gaps, this was by far one of the most frequent incidences to pad the resume.
- wrong title, responsibilities, inflated direct reports, etc
- resume too much "geared" towards the jobs they applied for, keywords filled in, sometimes even copy/paste lines from job description with some changes, .
- including "partnerships" in previous jobs they didn't have with Google, Amazon or other "high profile" companies.

Mar 25, 2020

@Gumball3000, Thanks for the helpful list. Did the resumes get tossed as soon as such inconsistencies were spotted? Any memorable interview stories you can share?

Mar 25, 2020
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