Why are we surprised when they lie and cheat?


All the corporate scandals of the past few years have had people in an uproar over corporate responsibility, or the lack thereof. Then I read in Sunday’s Boston Globe that when headhunting firm Christian & Timbers reviewed 7,000 executive resumes, they found that 71 percent lied about how long they worked at previous jobs; 64 percent said they accomplished more than they actually did, and more than half claimed degrees they didn’t actually have.

The scariest part, to me, is that the article concluded, "Yet many companies, even after they discover misleading information such as distorted graduation dates or forgery of responsibilities, still have an interest in hiring the candidate." Riddle me this, Batman: if we know going in that they are liars and cheats, why are we so surprised when they lie and cheat on the job?

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