If you've been on a few job interviews, the questions start to feel the same. From "where do you see yourself in five years?" to "what is your biggest weakness?" we've probably heard them all at this point. And, if you haven't, there are tons of resources online you can check out to prepare for your interview beforehand.
Another common question interviewers ask during these auditions — let's be honest, that's what they are — is more of a prompt than a question: "tell me about a time you encountered a challenge at one of your previous positions and how you handled it."
You're going to want to stand out as a candidate, so if you've had a pretty uneventful past few jobs, then you more than likely won't have a lot to talk about that's going to make the interviewer remember you. By that same token, coming up with a story about how you saved the CEO's family from a terrorist threat probably won't fly, either. Unless, you know, that actually happened.
So what are you supposed to do? Well, according to life coach and TikToker Tashe' Gray, you should just lie. "When an employer asks, ‘what’s an obstacle you have faced and what you did to overcome it?’ You could tell the truth or you could just lie," she says at the beginning of a now-viral clip.
She continued, "Just lie. There's no way for them to verify the story at all. All you have to do: number one, the obstacle that you name, you better make sure it's a juicy one. Make sure it's a very interesting obstacle. Number two: speak clearly, don't stumble. You need to know the words that you are going to speak before you speak them."
One can argue that lying in this circumstance is just communicating how you would act in a situation you haven't encountered yet. Job interviews and auditions are basically about presenting yourself a certain way and conveying that you have every intention of living up to the image you've projected in that interview.
Then, when you're in a high-pressure situation on the job, you can think back to that interview and make those lies a reality. Boom, audition fulfilled and in some instances, surpassed.
Users who saw Tashe's post were conflicted about the advice, though. Some remarked that lying can come back to bite someone in the behind. What if they get the job and then they ended up at a work function where that particular story came up around a friend or family member who knows it's BS? Seems unlikely, but stranger things have happened.
"U feel good about that? What if they mention it at a outing u bring a family member to," one commenter asked. "No lies no good."
Some felt more comfortable embellishing the truth. "I’m bad at lying lol I just tell a real story but over emphasize it lol"
Others said they feared their inefficacy at lying would ultimately betray them during the interview and they would fumble the bag.
"This is why I can’t lie tho bc I would definitely stumble," said another.
However, many others said they routinely lie in job interviews and highly recommend others do so as well.
"I have a whole story written down in my notes for interviews," one commenter said. That may only work for video interviews, but it's not a bad tip.
"I ALWAYS LIE!!" another person admitted. "Girl I write down EVERYTHING like a damn movie script study it & do a lil freestyle on the spot but the same story line."
Here's someone with real upper management potential: "My last interview I just told them everything my boss did and said I did it"
Som people who work as recruiters even said they didn't care whether potential candidates lied, as long as their answers demonstrate they can understand the concept of problem-solving under pressure.
What do you think? Have you fibbed or fudged the truth a little bit during a job interview? Do you think it's normal to do so and want to just put your best foot forward? Are you like the recruiter in the comments section who believes that there's nothing wrong with lying as long as it's for the right reason? Or do you think that a lie is a lie no matter what?