Note: After visiting Greg Prescott’s website, I had a thought on how important their services are today. And so I have written a post on deception that is meant to elicit reactions from you, the readers.

Hi, folks. So it has been a while since I have written a post in this category. Today, I’d like to talk about how honest we are in our approach to employment. For obvious reasons, we present the best versions of ourselves when applying for jobs. But in doing so, have we used deception as well?

Getting Hired

There is no lack of resources and guides on things to do and things we should not do when applying for jobs.

All these tips and techniques we could use to increase the chances of employment have one purpose. And that is to present the best version of ourselves. If it is possible at all, wouldn’t we want the employers to be so impressed that they hire us on the spot?

In many ways, presenting ourselves is nothing different from a sales or marketing pitch. “Highlight our strengths, hide our weaknesses.”

Here is a common tip.

Honesty is the best policy.

“Don’t talk about the biggest mistake you’ve ever made,” says Tess Baxter.

So what are we to do if asked? Are we to play it down? Or maybe we should not say anything even if asked? If we are not honest, then what are we?

If there is a psychology of persuasion at work in marketing, then the same is true for job applications.

Consider this.

If it is a good job, there are more people applying. The better the job and working condition, the more people are doing all they can to get themselves hired. In other words, we are competing with others.

So how do we stand out?

How do we increase the chances of employers noticing us?

Unfortunately, the answer the two questions involve manipulation, persuasion, and even deception.

Tell me I am wrong.

Resume

Imagine how many people are submitting their resumes to companies. All over the net, there are countless guides on how to create kick-ass resumes.

Let me tell you what I find weird, though.

There are people applying as writers in a company, but they have their resumes written by others.

On a personal level, I encourage job hunters to use professionals to write their resumes. The reason is simple. Most people were not trained to write eye-catching resumes.

And so on the basis of getting professional help in writing a resume, is that a form of deception? Regardless, the demand for professional services has risen. For that reason, companies such as Prescott Papers exist.

The fact is that companies expect us to submit great resumes. What are we to do?

Interview

How many of us would admit to habits that are counterproductive?

Are there people among us who are lazy, but will tell the employer how dedicated they are at work if hired?

How about presenting one’s self as skilled when in fact, it’s not. Is there anyone among us who is like that?

So how many of us are honest during job interviews?

And oh, how about this?

Body language. So that is an important part of the interview process. Is that a form of deception? I mean, we are using some serious psychology here to influence interviewers, right?

When Is Deception Not a Deception?

Friends, we all want to be honest. But there are things we are not to talk about when applying for a job. In fact, there are things we can never talk about with the employers.

But the thing with being too honest is that it leaves us vulnerable to rejection. It is as if by being honest, we are giving employers the reasons not to hire us.

We also cannot lie just to earn the job. So what are we supposed to do?

I’d love to hear from you.

In applying for jobs, how do you define deception? When is deception not a deception at all?