Identifying and selling your strengths during the job application and selection process is of course critical, however for some there appears to be a fine line or no line between an embellishment of the truth and absolute fiction. And when does fiction become a lie…? Read the CV and watch video clips of how a university graduate’s ruthless determination to secure a hire-powered job included falsehoods that both entertained and horrified recruiters.

Recruiters are becoming more careful about verifying the credentials claimed by applicants and are immediately suspicious of anything that seems ‘too good to be true’.  A lie revealed during the selection process will only result in a candidate going no further.  A lie revealed after the appointment has been made could result in instant dismissal.

Of course a Vic student or graduate would NEVER, EVER be so lacking in good sense and integrity as to emulate the infamous behaviour of the graduate in the story that follows:

In October 2006, Yale University student Aleksey Vayner applied for a job with UBS AG. Amused by Vayner’s apparent puffery, an unknown member of UBS staff emailed his application materials to other investment banks. They were soon posted on various blogs, then YouTube, from where they became an immense viral Internet phenomenon…

Vayner’s cover letter and resume…

Vayner in action…

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