A reader writes:
I work in software development. As a part of our interview process, I ask a series of technical questions. In the past five years of interviewing, I’ve managed to catch two applicants boldface lying/cheating (by looking up the answers online) during a phone interview. The first time, I didn’t say anything to the applicant and finished the interview like normal. The second time, during a short coding test we conduct, the applicant looked up the answer online and copy/pasted someone else’s code. It was pretty obvious he didn’t produce it but before I could call him out on it, his phone died. I discussed it with some colleagues and they suggested sending him the link to the site he copied the code from to keep him from trying to bother to reschedule an interview.
What do you or others do when you catch someone lying during an interview? Do you call them out on it? Or do you let it, and the candidate, pass?
You can read my answer to this question over at Inc. today, where I’m revisiting letters that have been buried in the archives here from years ago (and often updating/expanding my answers to them).