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16th Aug 2015

15 of the most ridiculous things ever to be written on a CV

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Conor Heneghan

Most employers are well aware of the fact that applicants are bound to embellish their CVs a little when applying for a job.

Embellishment is one thing, blatant lying is another and you should get a kick out some of the most ridiculous things ever found on a CV.

Some of these items uncovered by a survey were (terrible) mistakes, while some of the claims from job applicants were so ridiculous it’s clear they graduated from the Step Brothers school of job interviews.


  • Applicant claimed to be a former CEO of the company to which they were applying.
  • Applicant claimed to be fluent in two languages – one of which was pig Latin.
  • Applicant wrote “whorehouse” instead of “warehouse” when listing work history.
  • Applicant’s personal website linked to a porn site.
  • Applicant introduced himself [in the cover letter] by saying “Hey you.”
  • Applicant vying for a customer service position gave “didn’t like dealing with angry customers” as the reason for leaving her last job.
  • User name of applicant’s email address was “2poopy4mypants.”
  • Applicant claimed to be a Nobel Prize winner.
  • Applicant claimed to have worked in a jail when they were really in there serving time.
  • Applicant who claimed to be HVAC certified later asked the hiring manager what “HVAC” meant.
  • Applicant said to have gotten fired “on accident.”
  • Applicant claimed to have attended a college that didn’t exist.
  • Applicant for a driver position claimed to have 10 years of experience but had only had a driver’s license for four years.
  • Applicant listed as a reference an employer from whom they had embezzled money and had an arrest warrant out for the applicant.
  • Applicant’s stated job history had him in three different companies and three different cities simultaneously.

At least none of them applied using their fantasy football team.

H/T i100