Iíve been recruiting for 22 years, and this week, for the first time in 22 years, Iíve lost a placement because the candidate lied about their education credentials. Iíve probably been lied to before, but with modern technology, I think itís just that itís getting harder to get away with the lies than it used to be.
Integrity. Itís one of the most important things in all relationships, and if you donít have it in one area, then who knows where else you are lacking it. This was a seasoned manager with an excellent track record, strong resume, and great references, who knew how to get the job done and would have been an excellent asset to my client. What did his lie cost?
It cost him:
Beyond what it cost him, I donít think he fully appreciates just how many people put how much effort into getting him this offer, or how many people put their good names behind him to move this forward, and how many people are now going into meetings today with egg on their face, their own judgment being questioned. So, beyond what it cost him, who else is paying a price for his little lie?
It seemed like such a little lie to him, Iím sure. He Ďalmostí had the degree. It was over 20 years ago when he took the classes, so such a distant little white lie. He had gotten away with the lie several times before. And besides, if he got caught, he was really only hurting himself, and only with just this one hospital, right? So, such a small lie. But look at how much it cost, and how many have to pay the price.
If you didnít complete the program, you donít have the degree. To represent other than that is a lie, and can cost a lot more than just the job you hope to get, or even the one you already have. Please, for the sake of those around you who will be paying the price, donít do it.
Thom Brown is an Executive Recruiter with over 20 yearsí experience in Hospital Management positions nationwide. His focus is on Finance, Revenue Cycle, and Health Information Management. He can be reached at email@example.com, or view his company's website at www.msgii.com