My number one piece of advice to candidates for job interviews is to drop the mask and be themselves. Everything after that is tactical. If you are not sufficiently confident to speak your mind and talk at a meaningful level about your approach in the workplace, then you probably aren’t going to get hired anyway; and if you do, it may well be into a square peg in a round hole situation.
I work every day with people who are having difficulties in their working lives and the majority of them will point to unpleasant episodes in those working lives arising from untruths.

“Hey! Don’t forget I got an A+ in my Ethics paper … although, to be fair, I did cheat on that exam.”

The untruth may derive from an employer ’embiggening’ a job description to try and attract high-flying candidates. Employers do this all the time – dressing up job titles or hiding the reality of a stagnant (or toxic) corporate culture behind weasel-language in their corporate creed. Naive job-hunters lie all the time too, thinking that once they get into the company that somehow, everything will magically sort itself out – candidates constantly suggest that  they have a skill or talent that they do not or take credit for something they didn’t do; and hence cannot transfer into the new job.

Why would you do this? What healthy relationship can be formed on the basis of both sides misrepresenting themselves from the outset? The only possible explanation under the relationship analogy is that the party who is spouting untruths is looking for a quick, no-strings, probably exploitative, encounter and is not going to respect you in the morning. It doesn’t work in love and it certainly does not work in the world of work.

It seems to me the world of work isn’t working very well these days. Gee, I wonder why?

Manahan’s Mantra [so very boring, I know]
IF YOU HAVE TO LIE TO GET YOUR FOOT IN THE DOOR, THEN THIS ISN’T THE JOB FOR YOU.