In this day and age, minor fibs during job interviews are common. For example, you might answer "yes" to the question "do you work well with others?" even though you prefer to work alone. Or when asked what your greatest weakness is, you might say "I work too hard" or something thereabouts, rather than revealing your true weakness that you are an insufferable grouch on Monday mornings.

But these lies are largely innocuous (as are the interview questions) and an employer probably isn't going to select a candidate based on these questions anyway. Some people take lying to a whole new level.

Saying that you're "self-motivated" is difficult to prove false, but claims to have a Ph.D. are easily verified. Total honesty is, of course, the best policy; but if you're going to pad your resume, don't tell any of these six outrageous lies. You will get caught.

Ivy-league liar

Adam Wheeler — This guy actually lied his way into Harvard. He was admitted as a transfer student after fabricating transcripts from an elite high school and MIT, reports the New York Times.

He eventually got busted while applying for the Rhodes scholarship for plagiarizing a Harvard professor's writings in his application.

He then withdrew from Harvard and applied instead to Yale and Brown universities — with Harvard on his resume — at which point his parents blew the whistle on him.

Wheeler faced 20 criminal charges including identity fraud and larceny.

Half-baked delusions

Robert Irvine was fired from the Food Network show "Dinner: Impossible" after he was caught in a number of lavish lies.

According to the Daily Mail, Irvine falsely claimed that he had designed Princess Diana's wedding cake, that he was knighted by the queen and that he had been granted a castle as a thank-you for his phenomenal work.

Even though Irvine got the royal sack from "Dinner: Impossible," Food Network has since welcomed him back on various shows.

Be leery of O'Leary

George O'Leary was a big football star at the University of New Hampshire — at least that's what he claimed when he accepted the position of head coach at Notre Dame.

With this prestigious appointment, a New Hampshire newspaper tried to write a feature article on O'Leary, reports the New York Times, but found that none of his former teammates could remember him playing.

Maybe that's because he never even played a single game.

And the lies don't stop there according to Business Insider. O'Leary also claimed to have a master's in education from NYU, but the school says he never graduated. Talk about illegal procedure.

Admit this: you're busted

Marilee Jones was the dean of admissions at MIT when it came to light that the three degrees she claimed from Albany Medical College, Union College and Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute were made up — she didn't even have an undergraduate degree.

According to the New York Times, Jones first applied for an entry-level position in admissions at MIT. Thinking she had no chance at getting the job anyway, she decided to supercharge her resume.

But she did get the job. And she steadily climbed her way up to be dean of admissions. She had worked there for so long that no one questioned her credentials.

Eventually, Jones' academic history came into question through an anonymous tip given to the dean of undergraduate education. Jones resigned.

Dr. NO!

Elizabeth O'Bagy was a researcher whose influential writings on Syria included an op-ed in the Wall Street Journal that was quoted by Secretary of State John Kerry and Sen. John McCain, reports Politico.

But it was quickly unearthed that she did not have the Ph.D. from Georgetown University that she claimed.

Politico reports that she was a doctoral candidate and had even defended her dissertation — but she couldn't defend her job at the Institute for the Study of War. She was fired immediately.

War hero to war zero

Jay Cafasso was hired by Fox News to help cover the fighting in Afghanistan for one main reason — he was an expert. He fought in Vietnam earning the Silver Star for bravery. He had been part of a secret mission to rescue hostages in Iran. He had served as a lieutenant colonel in the Special Forces.

Except he didn't.

According to the New York Times, Cafasso left Fox News when rumors started to buzz that he was a fraud.

Shortly after, it was exposed that the extent of his military experience was 44 days at a military boot camp, after which he was discharged.

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