Thursday, November 16, 2006

Ten Ways to Tell if Someone is Lying To You

(Is it the word "Liar" or a man's face?)

Important interview scheduled? Usually, the recruiter is sitting across from the candidate trying to determine whether or not the truth is being told.

Turn the tables.

If a Recruiter is credible (and smart), then you'll hear nothing but the truth, the whole truth, so help me God.

But I would guess that there's a few folks out there who aren't convinced.

If that's the case, here's 10 ways to tell if someone is lying to you (courtesy of Elisabeth Eaves,

  1. Watch Body Language (sweating? fidgety?)
  2. Seek Detail (liars' stories often lack detail)
  3. Beware Unpleasantness (liars are less cooperative than truth-tellers)
  4. Observe Eye Contact (failure to do so is often a sign of deceit)
  5. Signs of Stress (Dilated pupils / rise in vocal pitch)
  6. Listen for the Pause (most people will take a second or two to collect their thoughts)
  7. Ask Again (Interrogators often ask suspects to repeat their stories)
  8. Beware Those Who Protest Too Much (" be honest....")
  9. Know Thyself (Liars succeed because listeners don't really want to know the truth)
  10. Work on Your Intuition (Good human lie detectors are likely to be good intuitive psychologists)

See the full list in slide show form HERE

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