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The 3 Things Every Interviewer Lies About


Ever wonder what every interviewer lies about? We sure have, and it turns out it’s mostly about if you’ll be moved forward in the hiring process. We can’t suuuuper blame them – being a hiring manager is a hard job, and these lies probably save them a lot of heartache.

Without further ado, here are the top 3 things every interviewer lies about.

“Here are the next steps.”

Interviewers tend to go over the next steps in the interviewing process even if they have no intention whatsoever in continuing said process with you. Yes, it’s crappy, but it saves them on a lot of awkward conversations and potentially aggressive situations with disgruntled candidates. It’s easier to tell you over the phone or via email that they will not be proceeding further with your candidacy.

As for interviewers who simply ghost people after going over next steps – cut that out. Candidates go out of their way to come interview with you, oftentimes taking precious PTO, so the least you should do is email them to let them know they will not be moved to the next step. It’s common courtesy – don’t waste someone’s time, just like you wouldn’t want them to waste yours.

3 Things Every Interviewer Lies About - Wasting Time

Time is a tricky thing – let’s not waste it.

“We’ll let you know in a week.”

This is, to me, the worst of all interviewer lies. There are so many things that could go wrong (or right) with timelines that they become almost arbitrary. I personally had an interviewer tell me I’d know if I got the job in the next few days, only to call me while I was still driving home from the interview to let me know I got it.

Alternately, there are some hiring managers that promise to reach out with an answer in a few days who end up taking way longer due to emergencies at work. This is completely reasonable – so many things can go wrong in Human Resources / hiring. There can be holds placed on certain roles, new candidates entering the ring at the last minute and completely wowing them, or needing more time to make a decision between 2 equally qualified, amazing candidates.

And then you have the jerks who ghost you. Again, cut it out! :|

“We have some other candidates we need to talk to.”

You could be the only candidate the hiring manager is speaking to, but they’ll still probably say they have other candidates to speak to. For the most part, it’s a power move. If you’re the only candidate they’re talking to, they know you’ll have the upper hand and will negotiate a higher salary, which isn’t necessarily good for them. On the other hand, if the interview didn’t go too well, it can also be a way to let you down easy. So don’t put too much stock in that comment – chances are that either way, even if you’re the only person in the country with the particular skill set they’re looking for, they’ll still feed you the same line.

Interviewer lies: The worst thing ever

It sucks, but it’s true

Basically, don’t count your chickens until they hatch. Until you have a written offer in hand, take everything your interviewer says with a grain of salt (including verbal offers), and don’t go writing your two weeks notice just yet. And, remember to take it easy on your interviewer. They have to deal with giving people bad news constantly. They get hundreds of applicants for each position and have to narrow it down to one. It’s not an easy job – so don’t shoot the messenger.

Roxanne Williams is the Marketing Director at Full Stack Talent, a technology staffing agency in Tampa, FL. Find her LinkedIn here.