Q: I read an article in Metro recently about lying in job interviews and how one professor has done research on ways to tell if someone is telling the truth or lying their way through a personality evaluation for a job. I’m wondering, can’t you tell a lot from the eyes too? I’ve always found people who don’t look you directly in the eye tend not to be truthful. What do you think, Jill?



A: Hey Natasha. While I don’t think people who refrain from making eye contact are always liars, I do believe they are more likely to be hiding something.


During a job interview a person who fumbles their words or fidgets a lot might have something to hide, but then again they could just be nervous.


However, some research does suggest that through eye movement one can tell if we are being truthful or not. This research suggests that when we are making up a response to a question our eyes tend to look up and to the left. When we are remembering an actual fact or piece of information we are asked about we look up and then to the right.

There are also suggestions made that a liar’s body gestures tend to be stiff with fewer hand or arm movements and that sometimes what they say and their facial expressions might not match. These are all suggestions and, in my opinion, should not be used to peg someone as a liar. It’s much more important to be familiar with the person’s behaviour and gauge their reaction to questions based on what you know of the person.

During interviews, employers don’t have the luxury of knowing a person well enough to understand the job applicant’s behaviours. In these cases the best tool, in my opinion, is to rely on references, interviewee’s present personality, and their resumé.

That’s as objective as you can be in that situation.

Q: Jill, I’m in my final year of broadcasting and I’d like to make some connections in the industry. As a new graduate, can you direct me to any useful resources?

A: Check out the Annual Innoversity Summit, which will take place Oct. 23 and 24 at the Toronto Marriott Downtown Eaton Centre. This a great scouting spot for professionals and emerging talent in the media, arts, and entertainment industry. As an attendee you’ll be able to connect with seasoned executives. Innoversity has been referred to as “the ultimate job interview,” so come prepared to pitch yourself and your ideas.

Bring copies of your resumés and some business cards. I particularly recommend Face Time and the Open Door Pitch.

There are many workshops and panel discussions. However, you have to register to take advantage of these and other programs so frequently visit www.innoversity.comfor future updates and deadlines.

Good luck!


jill’s tip of the week

  • Don't name drop unless you are sure the person whose name you are dropping actually knows who you are and would be comfortable with your use of their name in a social or networking setting. While it is true you can raise your profile in an industry simply by the people you’ve worked with or who are part of your network, you can just as quickly ruin your reputation if you claim to know personally someone you don’t.