I lied in order to get a job interview and I don’t feel bad about it.

Anyone who’s applied for a job online in the past couple of years knows that, at the end of almost every job application form there’s a question along the lines of “Are you presently living in ________ (location)?”

Here’s the truth: that question in there because said company does not want to pay to relocate an employee. If you select ‘No’, your resume/application is automatically being submitted into the ‘do not consider’ pile. They would rather only consider professionals already living within their city then branch out. Even if it means they’re not getting the best candidate for the job.

If you select no, they won’t even review your application. You might as well not spend the time in sending it, because you’re only wasting your time.

Story time:

I wound up in this city that I am presently residing because I came here to help my mom through her cancer treatments. That being said, this is not where I want to, or plan to, stay. I’ve been applying for positions in Calgary. And, probably will continue to do so until I find the right one.

Last week, whilst on holiday, I got a call from a company in Calgary asking for a phone interview. I distinctly remember applying for the position with this company and checking ‘Yes’ where it asked if I presently resided in Calgary. A lie, yes. But, I knew that all I needed them to do was read my resume and I would stand out from the pack.

I did the phone interview and they loved me, naturally. I’m pretty fucking amazing (and I don’t say that to be cocky, I say that because I know what value I could bring to any office). During the interview I was upfront and said ‘Calgary is a city I would like to be living in by the end of 2019’. Shocked and confused, the woman conducting the interview asked where I was presently living. When I told her where I was she admitted ‘we really don’t interview candidates that don’t live in Calgary’. Somehow they’d read my resume and loved me based on content provided, but had ignored the address listed on my resume.

When I hung up the phone, I really didn’t think I’d hear from them again. Though I’d nailed the phone interview, I didn’t live in Calgary and that seemed like a deal-breaker for them.

To my surprise, I got an email later that afternoon asking if I could have a phone interview with the boss the next day.

Of course!

The next day when I was talking to the boss, I nailed it. He loved me. I could tell that he loved me by the way he was responding to what I was saying. I once again mentioned my wanting to move to Calgary and he said ‘Oh, you’re not in Calgary?’ I explained to him what I had said the day before and the woman I’d spoken to the day before let it slip that she liked me so much she didn’t tell him where I was living.

Nevertheless, he liked me so much that they’re coordinating a video-conference interview for me to do this week. And honestly, I’ll talk to them as many times as they’d like, because the bottom line is that I know I’m qualified, I know I’m willing and they need to know that discounting an application based on someone’s geographical location is stupif.

If you’re looking for work, please LET THIS SERVE AS A REMINDER: if you are not selected for a position, it is not because of lack of qualifications. It can very well be something as stupid as checking ‘Yes or No’ on a questionnaire.

I’m willing to relocate to Calgary on my own dime. And if a company would bother to talk to me, they’d learn that. So counting myself out because of location isn’t a fair step of the process.

Don’t ever let ‘the process’ keep you from your destiny. If you need to fudge the truth in order to be heard, do it. The process is an extremely convoluted and, at times not even fair, series of events. I don’t see anything wrong with taking control out of their hands and putting it into your own. If you’re a badass, count yourself in, check yes and let them see just what they could have if they opened their eyes beyond a narrow scope.

25 thoughts on “I lied in order to get a job interview and I don’t feel bad about it.

  1. I totally agree with you. You plan on moving there for an ideal position anyways, so I would think its technically a half truth. You will be living there, once they hire you! Tada! Very clever of you friend and I hope you get the job!

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    1. Thank you! I just feel like if I’m going to do it right, what’s a little white lie to get my foot in the door? Right? haha

      Thanks for the vote of confidence.

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      1. Totally! Do what you have to to get there. People have done WAY worse than you have, and honestly I would’ve done the same as you.

        People will straight up lie about going to college on their resume. I used to be a criminal researcher so I would see things like that all the time.

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  2. As someone who has hired and fired people in my career I can say that lying isnt the end of the world, depending on intent. You didnt have bad intentions, thats important. I’ve had people lie about jobs and college to get a higher paying job, that’s a problem. Perfection is the bane of very good, youre doing great ! Good luck.

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    1. Thank you! I really appreciated reading this comment. Honestly, I was feeling like the lie probably didn’t make me look good, but at least I was upfront about it. I’m darn well qualified, so if I can get them to see past the location factor then…

      Yeah, anyways, thank you for your comment. It was a nice vote of confidence for me.

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  3. Is the job you got hired for located in Calgary? Is this an interview for that job or a different job? I’m a bit confused.

    When my husband was applying for jobs in Calgary, he had a friend living in Cochrane so he used her address on his resumes to score more interviews – and it worked. It’s true that they prefer candidates who are local to save money on travelling costs and whatnot. I agree that one’s address shouldn’t be the main thing that automatically disqualifies a candidate simply due to geographical location.

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    1. The job I got hired for is here in BC.

      I’m still looking for a job in Calgary. I want to be closer to Knight and I think he’s sick of me being here too. But, because I got offered the job here in the process, I’ve accepted it to work and gain experience until the right opportunity in Calgary presents itself.

      That’s a smart thing, what your husband did. If it works, it works! I was doing it for a couple of months, but, I kept going back and forth to Calgary for jobs that didn’t end up working out. It was getting pricey! So I started putting the BC address on there so they know up front if they want my skills, they’re going to have to pay! lol

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    1. Thank you! I’ve been trying to tell myself that it’s for the greater good. They shouldn’t get to discount me just because of my geographic location. Right? lol

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    1. I’m still starting the job on July 15th. My goal is to move to Calgary, though. I want to be there by the end of the year. So, I’m still searching for the right opportunity. In the mean-time, I will be working at this place and gaining experience/connections.

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      1. All the best Vee. There is another young girl from Guatemala who has been struggling for a job for months! Rather a year now. She too has got one now but is not as confident as you are. God be with you both

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