Career Advice

Should You Fake Your Skills to Get a Job?

Have you ever looked at a job listing and thought you could do that job, but you don’t have the required skills they have listed? You may have been tempted to lie and fake your skills to get the job. But is that really wise? What if you’ve faked it and they actually hire you?

The Danger of Faking Job Skills

Lots of bad things can happen if you fake job skills and then screw up; the least of which is you get fired. Imagine if your inept blunder causes stockholders to lose money. If you fake high-level skills and you cause the company large material damage—as in, they lose a bundle of money—you could face legal charges for fraud. Then you’d be out of a job and into legal trouble.

The Benefit of Faking Job Skills

If you almost but not quite have job skills, faking it could work in your favor. You could surreptitiously learn on the job, figuring it out as you go along. Then you’d end up acquiring job skills that you didn’t have previously, which could ultimately help you climb your career ladder. You’d earn more money, plus have more responsibility and more prestige.

When Might it be Okay to Fake Job Skills?

Sometimes it is okay to fake job skills. Here’s when it might work out:

  • • The job skills are common sense; you don’t have direct experience, but they would be very easy to research and learn.
  • • You’ve always been a resourceful person and you know you could find the help you need to get the job done right.
  • • You’re highly intelligent but undervalued. You’re not book smart, but you’re savvy and creative.
  • • The job doesn’t carry a heavy responsibility. No one will lose money or die if you mess up.

So will you risk faking job skills if it comes up in the future? The choice is up to you.

Job Find Local February 7, 2020