On the other hand, Shifrah and Puah lie to Pharaoh and are rewarded by God for saving innocent lives (Exodus, chapter 1). No less than God instructs Samuel to lie to Saul to save his own life (I Samuel, chapter 16).
While truthfulness is highly prized in Jewish tradition, it is not an absolute value. Certainly in the case of pikuach nefesh (saving a life) we are required to lie because, as the Sages remind us, when Torah says “live by [the mitzvot]” it means “live by them, and do not die because of them” (Yoma 85b). Hillel and Shammai disagree (Ketubot 16b-17a): Shammai favors the pure, unvarnished truth, but Hillel condones and even lauds white lies that save people’s feelings.
George Orwell wrote, “At a time of universe deceit, telling the truth is a revolutionary act.” It is sadly all too common these days to find people lying on resumes and in job interviews. There is nothing in our tradition that would permit this: it is not a matter of pikuah nefesh, nor would a lie on an application or in an interview save anyone’s feelings. It would merely be a self-serving falsehood and a poor way to begin a relationship we hope will be long-term and meaningful.