Even after a person is hired, omissions or half-truths can still hurt. It is not unusual for an employer that is trying to cut expenses to look at the long-term employee who is making a significant salary. This may include revisiting the information the employee provided when he or she was hired. If the employee deliberately left some important factor out or included erroneous information on the application, the employer can terminate that employee without severance pay, even in the instance of a union or employment contract.
If there is a past job or a past legal incident that the employee feels will not look good to the employer, the best way to handle this is to be honest by providing the information up front and be prepared to provide a reasonable explanation. For example, a past job where the employee was fired must be listed. In the interview the employee can provide a neutral reason for the termination, such as, “The company was bought out and the new management wanted to get rid of the employees loyal to the previous employer.” Remember that honesty is one of the qualities that employers value the most.