Career Advice

5 Ways Your Hiring Manager May Be Lying To You

Rebecca is a marketing professional who graduated from college in 2014. When she accepted her first job offer, she was promised a promotion after six months of employment, at which point she would also receive a five percent raise.

After a year of working at ABC Marketing Group, Rebecca is still in the same position as when she started working and hasn’t received a raise. Rebecca inquired with her boss numerous times about what she was promised during her interview, but her boss hasn’t followed through.

Feeling confused and hurt by her employer, Rebecca begins to think about finding her next job.

One reason an employer might lie during a job interview is to attract the best talent. According to an October 2014 study by the Career Advisory Board, only seven percent of 524 hiring managers surveyed believe most job seekers have the right combination of skills need to fill open positions.

Unfortunately, many employers make candidates read the job offer through rose-colored glasses. Here are five ways employers lie to candidates during job interviews:

1. “We’ll be in touch for future job opportunities.”

If you get turned down for a job, it’s very common for hiring managers to say they’ll be in touch when a new position opens. The reality is, it’s up to the candidate to stay in touch with the hiring manager.

To avoid missing out on future opportunities with the company, make sure you develop a relationship with the hiring manager. Check in with the hiring manager every few months to send them samples of your latest work and ask about opportunities. This will keep your name and application fresh in their mind.

2. “We offer room for growth.”

Practically every job seeker wants to land a job where they can grow with the company. Unfortunately, many employers make this promise without knowing whether they will be able to offer the candidate a promotion in the future.

Ask the hiring manager what the timeline typically looks like for an employee to receive a promotion. You should also ask what your future would look like at the company. This will help you determine whether the company truly offers room for growth.

3. “You’ll love our company culture.”

While many employers hire for cultural fit, it’s important to find out as much information about the culture before accepting the position.

Ask the employer if you can job shadow for a day before accepting the position. You could also ask to talk to employees who’ve worked with the company for a while. This will help you get a better taste of what the culture is like.

4. “You’re allowed to work from home.”

Many employers realize their employees want to work from home. In fact, a 2013 report published by FlexJobs discovered 83 percent of 1,300 the respondents said they’d be more loyal to their employer if they had flexible work arrangements.

Although an employer might mention flexible work options during the job interview, it doesn’t mean they’ll always follow through on it. Make sure the employer clearly outlines its telecommuting policy in your job offer if this perk is important to you.

5. “We offer professional development opportunities.”

Professional development is an important perk for many professionals. However, every employer has their own idea of professional development.

After the hiring manager outlines professional development opportunities, ask for specific details. For example, will the company pay for memberships to professional organizations or provide you with skills development classes? This will help you determine whether the employer can offer the development you desire.

As a job seeker, it’s absolutely necessary to be an empowered candidate during the interview process. Employers will do whatever they can to hire the best talent for their company. Once the job offer is made, make sure everything they promised is in writing.

What is the biggest lie an employer has ever told you?