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Best way to land dream job? Be honest!

by Eno Adeogun

A new study by the University College London has found that honest people are three times more likely to get employed when up against other high-ranking applicants.

Charles Humphreys, author of The Christian Guide to Jobs and Careers, tells Premier why it's not a good idea for job applicants to be dishonest.

During News Hour he said: "It's so dangerous to lie during a job interview because nowadays it's so easy to run background checks - a quick look on the internet either at your Facebook page or your LinkedIn profile - will quickly disclose the truth.

"It will catch-up with you and the bottom line is - you will get the sack!"

Psychologists' interviews with teachers and lawyers revealed honest job hopefuls don't avoid questions to cover up their weaknesses and are bold enough to just be themselves.

Humphreys also warned of another predicament one might find themselves in if they were dishonest during a job interview.

He said: "If you do fob it off and you do perpetuate the lie and you're given the job, you could find yourself in a very difficult position of being in the wrong job and completely out of your depth.

"Then what do you do then? You've lied yourself into a job that you should never have had in the first place."

The authors of the study also gave a warning.

Writing in the Journal of Applied Psychology they said their research indicated that the tactic only pays for those that are not only honest but well-qualified as well.

Answers from people with less experience, the study suggested, could potentially just "bolster interviewers' misgivings".

Listen to Charles Humphreys speaking with Premier's Tola Mbakwe:

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