How to Spot a Liar at Work


No matter whether you are a team member or boss, it is important to know when someone is lying to you. At the workplace, this might prove to be a game changer. Here are a few best ways to spot a liar at work. Read on!

1. Delayed response

If you ask an unexpected question to someone and they take a very long time in giving a proper response, this could mean that they are trying to cook up an answer. This is one of the most common traits of liars when they’re telling a lie.

2. Escaping from eye-contact

Perhaps the biggest give away of liars is the tendency to avoid eye contact when they are lying. If you find your team member or employee escaping from eye contact when they are talking to you, it might be a sign that they are telling a lie.

3. Excessive nose-touching

Many studies have found that when a person is lying, they tend to touch the base of their nose more. This is one of the signs a person is lying to you. Lip-biting and head-scratching are another tell-tale signs.

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4. Giving a fake smile

When you smile genuinely, your whole face lights up too. Your forehead, eyebrows, eyes, cheekbones, everything changes with a smile. But when you give a fake smile, you just make your mouth smile. If someone is trying to fool you, they may give a fake smile just to hide the lie. So take it as a warning sign.

5. Unnecessary details

If you ask a simple question and a person gives an unnecessarily long answer, it is one of the signs of lying. The person might feel the need to justify their actions and they can try hard to make you believe in what they are saying. So this could lead to a number of pointless details.

6. Verbal cues

There are some verbal cues to determine whether a person is lying or not. If a person change their tone as they speak to you or if a person starts rambling and stammering, they are definitely lying to you. Selective wording is another verbal cue wherein someone tries to avoid certain questions.

Do you know any other ways to spot a liar at work? Share them, please.