The title of this Washington Post article may be a little "click-baity," but there is an important message inside for anyone in the world of HR.
Take nothing at face value. No matter the messenger.
Before I started in the talent acquisition industry, I was a journalist, and in that profession, you hear the same phrase over and over again: "If your mother says she loves you, check it out."
The point is that everyone likes to be an expert. People will always tell you what they want you to believe, whether it's true or not. When that message is delivered with a lot of confidence or from someone who seems trustworthy, it's easy to believe it. The hyperbolic messenger may even believe themselves. But finding the truth is on you.
This applies in job interviews, in professional relationships, negotiations and more. You always have to be willing to do a little bit of your own research. Trust, but verify.
And -- your mother probably does love you, but there's no harm in conducting your own independent research.
Using a data set spanning nine predominantly English-speaking countries, researchers delineated a number of key findings. First, men are much more likely than women to master the art of hyperbole, as are the wealthy relative to the poor or middle class. North Americans, meanwhile, tend to slip into this behavior more readily than English speakers in other parts of the globe. And if there were a world championship, as a true devotee might appreciate, the title would go to Canada, data show.