Unusual Resume Lies

A new CareerBuilder survey asked employers about the most unusual lies they've caught on a resume. Here are some of their answers.

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A new CareerBuilder survey asked employers about the most unusual lies they've caught on a resume. Here are some of their answers.
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Applicant included job experience that was actually his father’s. Both father and son had the same name (one was Sr., one was Jr.).
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Applicant claimed to have been a high school basketball free throw champion. He admitted it was a lie in the interview.
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Applicant claimed to have 25 years of experience at age 32.
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Applicant claimed to have worked for 20 years as the babysitter of known celebrities such as Tom Cruise, Madonna, etc.
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Applicant applied to a position with a company who had just terminated him. He listed the company under previous employment and indicated on his resume that he had quit.
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Applicant listed three jobs over the past several years. Upon contacting the employers, the interviewer learned that the applicant had worked at one for two days, another for one day, and not at all for the third.
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Applicant claimed to have been an Olympic medalist.
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Applicant claimed to be the assistant to the prime minister of a foreign country that doesn’t have a prime minister.
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Applicant claimed to have been a construction supervisor. The interviewer learned the bulk of his experience was in the completion of a doghouse some years prior.
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Applicant applied twice for the same position and provided different work history on each application.
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Applicant listed three jobs over the past several years. Upon contacting the employers, the interviewer learned that the applicant had worked at one for two days, another for one day, and not at all for the third.
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