Honesty is the best policy: What is self-verification and how will it help you at interview?

  21st June 2017       Laura Webb
 Employment, Accounting & Finance, Company News, Executive Search, Human Resources, IT & Software Solutions, Office & Commercial, Recruitment


Honesty really is the best policy according to recent research from University College London, which found that jobseekers who tell the truth in an interview are more likely to find their perfect job.

The report suggests that employers use interviews as a means of spotting any false information previously given by the applicant, as well as any over exaggerations of the truth.

The study also showed that 92% of candidates misrepresent themselves in job interviews for their own “short-term gains”.

“People are often encouraged to only present the best aspects of themselves at interview so they appear more attractive to employers,” explained Dr SunYoung Lee, co-author of the report, “but what we’ve found is that high-quality candidates – the top 10% – fare much better when they present who they really are.”

Self-verification, the strategy whereby candidates answer questions directly without sidestepping minor details of hiding the truth, is said by phycologists to be one of the best ways to interview.

“In the job interview settings, the self-verification drive relates to the specific motivation to be honest about one’s personality and work style when interviewing for a job,” Dr Lee told MailOnline.

“It’s also about a motivation to find a workplace where people will accept the person for who he/she is, and to have recruiters know who one really is than have them expect too much of the person.

“My findings suggest that strong self-verification helps job outcomes not for all types of candidates, but specifically for high-quality candidates.”





Laura Webb

Operations Support Manager

Having joined Bond Williams Professional Recruitment in 2011 initially within the commercial division for 3 years, Laura worked within compliance & business support for 2 years before furthering her career as Office Manager in 2017 and then as Operations Support Manager in 2019. Responsible for ensuring the smooth running of …

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