The Problem Is I Lied Abt My HSC Marks And Got Selected - CiteHR
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Dear Mr Aussie John ,

You have raised a very valid point. Your posting, narrating your own success story in the aftermath of a small set back that happened decades ago, makes an inspiring reading. As you rightly pointed out, logically the current performance should count and not what happened in the distant past. After all, everyone is provided with opportunities of continuous learning. While a smart person changes and improves, the others continue to do what they have been doing and also continue to be what they are. The recruiters and candidates are no exception.

Then what is the rationale behind fixing a percentage as the cut off score? This according to me is to ensure that the candidate is a consistent performer. Much weightage is given for consistency in some organizations. Unfortunately they fail to recognize that failure sometimes produces a stronger resolve in many to perform better. In the process they do miss out on recruiting good candidates!

So then what goes through the recruiter’s mind? A reason that comes to my mind is an easier ‘rejection’ in the application processing stage. Perhaps you are aware that competition is very severe in India. You advertise for one vacancy and soon you would find yourself sitting on a pile of applications. The perplexed recruiter has to begin somewhere and so a set of rules are created to commence the rejection process to short list the number of candidates!


I agree with the sentiments expressed by Aussiejohn. There are late developers and also many family circumstances that can cause people not doing well in their Secondary School or Pre University Course exams and do very well in their degrees and post-degree courses. I also know of people who did not gain First Class degrees but have gone on to become successful managers in large organisations; also those who got first class degrees have not been very successful in their chosen fields at work.
The main question here is one of falsifying the record by telling a lie. That's not a good start for any aspirant to a job. I stand to be corrected.

You have proved yourself without a doubt by passing an Engineering Degree with distinction. If you had lied and failed, that would have been worse.
You made a mistake, but more than made up for it by successfully completing an incredibly difficult degree.
I do not know why a company would be interested in your last year of school marks. They have no relevance once you have a degree.
This is a moral dilemma. I have no answer, but common sense should prevail here.

""Why would any employer be interested in something done at secondary school?""
An employer would like to get employees who are fully truthful in their CV.
If a person can lie about his marks-then his trustworthiness is questionable.
What you write in your CV is checked very carefully by most employers.
So potential applicants need to be correct and truthful in their applications/cv.

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