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Old 08-12-2013, 09:31 PM
 
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I lied about my salary during the interview. It was never written on my resume and I only verbally told them what I made. I have started working. They are now doing a background check and they might ask my previous employers for my salary at the time. Am I screwed?

During the salary negotiation part, I also mentioned that I have several higher offers from other companies. I am wondering if I can used this to my benefit?

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Old 08-12-2013, 09:38 PM
 
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Don't worry about it. There's nothing you can do at this point. Just see what happens. If they think you lied, you won't get the job. It's as simple as that.
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Old 08-12-2013, 10:57 PM
 
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It's okay because you did what you had to do. You have to lie sometimes in order to get what you want. Believe me employers have no problem lying to you.
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Old 08-13-2013, 12:25 AM
 
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This is making me quite uneasy. The company uses HireRight to do background checking and it does not require me to submit my salary. Only employers and employment dates.
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Old 08-13-2013, 12:33 AM
 
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You can read this: What happens if I embellish my salary history? - CNN.com

I think the fact that you never actually wrote down your previous salary (you only mentioned it verbally) means you are OK. I hear some companies don't even reveal previous employee's salaries because they consider it confidential info. If they say you lied verbally you can lie again and say they misheard you, LOL.
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Old 08-13-2013, 05:04 AM
 
Location: St Thomas, US Virgin Islands
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Whatever the outcome is, don't do it again.
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Old 08-13-2013, 05:52 AM
 
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That's not the way to negotiate a salary. When I was making $12/hr, I had an offer for $37.5k and $50k.
I did not lie about the salary history. I doubled my salary.

Even if you asked for triple your old salary, I do not see the point.
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Old 08-13-2013, 06:22 AM
 
Location: Florida
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I doubt they will find out. And you never indicated your previous salary in writing anyway. I wouldn't worry about it.
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Old 08-13-2013, 06:26 AM
 
Location: Los Angeles
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You can read this: What happens if I embellish my salary history? - CNN.com

I think the fact that you never actually wrote down your previous salary (you only mentioned it verbally) means you are OK. I hear some companies don't even reveal previous employee's salaries because they consider it confidential info. If they say you lied verbally you can lie again and say they misheard you, LOL.
He is actually right LOL .
verbal commitments are never taken as commitments :P
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Old 08-13-2013, 06:28 AM
 
Location: State of Being
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Forget it. No one is going to even be paying attention to that. They agreed to pay you what they agreed to pay you. That agreement is essentially a contract. As long as you are getting paid what you were told you would be at your new job, you shouldn't be even thinking about your previous paycheck.

I doubled my salary 2 times when I was starting out my career. I have always refused to give potential employers my salary info - that is none of their business.
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