One in Four UK Job-Hunters Admit to Lying on CVs

A survey from the UK’s leading independent job board, CV-Library (, reveals how over a quarter (28.6%) of UK job-hunters lie on their CV, with over 9.2% of those admitting their fib was significant.

The survey was conducted by CV-Library amongst over 2,000 job-hunters, in an attempt to find out whether UK professionals would lie to get a job. Although the majority (71.4%) of respondents denied lying on their CV, the results showed that one in four would still tell CV lies in order to secure an interview, suggesting businesses need to be on their guard when recruiting.

Other top findings show:

• Men are more likely to lie on their CV than women (30.4% vs 24.9%)
• Of those that have lied on their CV, 91.2% say their boss has never found out
• When it comes to the interview itself, only 17.3% would still lie, with 82.7% stating they would never lie in an interview
• 75% of job-hunters believe it is the company’s responsibility to uncover lies during the interview process, as opposed to the candidate being honest
• 52% of candidates believe it is necessary to lie on a CV in order to get an interview, due to high levels of competition


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