I got an offer for a tech job at a big company in Seattle. I am excited about the job, but I have a problem and that is that I lied on my resume. I put my undergrad, even though I didn't graduate.
Normally it wouldn't be a big deal, since my resume does not say I finished school, but I filled out a form before my onsite interview and I checked a box that says I did in fact graduate.
I accepted the role and they're going to start a background check on Monday. They're almost certainly going to call the school and find out about my educational background.
For starters, this was a grievously stupid decision and one I'll continue to look back on as a really, really dumb thing to do. I want to get out ahead of this and see if I can salvage the situation.
I have lunch with my manager next week and I think I might say something like this:
I made a stupid mistake. Please allow me to explain - I started at undergrad and then started a job over the summer, received an offer and never looked back. I indicated that I completed undergrad in my application. I'd very much like to work with you, but I understand if that is disqualifying.
I'm not sure how to handle this, and whether it's better to do it in person or over email where I can provide more information and be a lot more intentional about my words.
What would you do?