So much about interviewing for a job involves impressing the people doing the hiring. But here’s a depressing dirty secret—no matter how much you want or need a job, your interviewer isn’t necessarily acting in your best interest or giving you the full scoop on what it’s like to work for a company.

Here are a few red flags to look out for to make sure you’re not headed to an office with major issues:

how to tell if your interviewer is lying

1. Exaggeration

Liars sometimes try to cover up their deed with excessive adjective use. For example, you might ask an interviewer about the vacation policy. A truthful response might be, “Oh yes, we have a flexible vacation policy. You let us know what you need and the boss is most likely to approve it.” An exaggerated response might be, “Oh, our vacation policy is extremely flexible. You can practically take off as much time as you want.”

What to do if you suspect your interviewer of exaggeration? Keep asking specific questions so you’re not surprised by a policy down the line.

2. Common fibs

Be sure to check out this list of 9 Annoying Lies Job Interviewers Tell. Of course, the tricky part is that sometimes they’re telling the truth, but it’s not easy to tell the difference.

How to handle this? When these topics come up, be sure to pay extra attention and ask follow-up questions that dig deeper to make sure you’re getting all of the information.

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About Vanessa Van Edwards

Vanessa Van Edwards is a national best selling author & founder at Science of People. Her groundbreaking book, Captivate: The Science of Succeeding with People has been translated into more than 16 languages. As a recovering awkward person, Vanessa helps millions find their inner charisma. She regularly leads innovative corporate workshops and helps thousands of individual professionals in her online program People School. Vanessa works with entrepreneurs, growing businesses, and trillion dollar companies; and has been featured on CNN, BBC, CBS, Fast Company, Inc., Entrepreneur Magazine, USA Today, the Today Show and many more.


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