Tuesday, March 6, 2007

(Don't get caught) Lying, Cheating, and Stealing

A bit of a ramble tonight...

Honesty seems to be a bit of a bother for many business people (see: Enron, options backdating, etc, etc) and I see this reflected in applicant and student blogs. One student blurs the line between collaborating and plain copying. I read an account where an applicant wore fake glasses to an interview and someone commented on the blog that they had done the exact same thing! I read somewhere else (OK, the Business Week forums) that some guy with a tiny bit Native American was claiming it on his apps. Yet another applicant discussed how they lied about a hobby during an interview. Granted the last story was kind of hilarious, the individual in question could not think of a hobby and said the first thing that came into his/her head which was something the applicant actually hated. Lesson hopefully learned. I wish rather than expect that my adcom managed to get rid of all the potential Kenneth Lays.

Perhaps some of the more egregious exaggerators will be weeded out by the professional credential checking services many MBA programs are now employing. Unless you are caught in an outright lie the chances of slipping by with a few half-truths here and there is probably pretty high. But you have to wonder what possesses people to be so bizarrely dishonest in the first place. My eleven year old cousin seems to have grasped a lesson many executives have missed. The bigger the lie, the more likely you are to get caught.

So a thought as we wrap up application season... if you're going to lie cheat and steal- don't get caught.

3 comments:

Negat|veCreep said...

Hahah. Wonder who'd lie about a hobby. What was the supposed hobby, anyway?

HairTwirler said...

Running! I think the person kept digging him/herself deeper and started talking about marathon training. :)

Negat|veCreep said...

Lol! Running themselves out of contention for admission? Heh.