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What would you do if a coworker asked you to help them steal?

Answer examples and advice for how to answer this interview question for a Home Depot interview

How to Answer

The interviewer would like to know how you would react if put in an awkward, or potentially harmful situation like being asked by a co-worker to steal with them. Theft can occur in many ways in the workplace and is not necessarily reserved to blatantly taking a product. Ensure that you are aware of the different ways a co-worker may try to pass stealing off as 'no big deal.'

- Timecard fabrication, also known as "buddy punching" where you punch in for a coworker who is not present
- 'Borrowing' money from the cash register
- Falsifying vendor or expense accounts
- Taking items from the lost and found
- Stealing data or documents containing trade secrets
- Taking expensive office supplies like ink, or adding personal items to supply orders
- Billing hours to clients that they did not work

Of course, you already know how to answer this question! Express that you would never engage in this type of behavior and discuss how you would go about reporting this type of situation. If this has happened to you in the past, you can talk about the case.

What would you do if a coworker asked you to help them steal?
Answer example

"buddy punching"

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What would you do if a coworker asked you to help them steal?
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I will tell my supervisor.
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I'd ask him what he's stealing and if it's worth the risk I would help.
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I would decline and tell him he should reconsider or I will report him.
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Inaceptable behavior I will go drectly to a manager.
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I would tell them absolutely not; and then, I would report them to my supervisor.
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I would tell that coworker that I will not take no part in that action. I would tell that cowoker that it is not right to steal, and it can have serious consequences with it. I would then report to my manager on duty and report what I was asked to do.
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I would refuse to steal or assist them. I would also let them know that I felt obliged to inform the company of their proposition.
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I would say no and then tell your boss.
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I would immediately call my manager to discuss the issue.
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Say no and inform management.
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First tell him no then try and talk him out of doing it. I would then notify the mnager about what this co worker has said to me.
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I would let them know I was not willing to jeoperdize my freedom for them.
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I would decline and let my supervisor or manager know about the situation.
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Report to my manager immediatly.
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I would say no and immediantly tell management.
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I would tell(tbem no first of all tben I sould go report the situstion to my manager.
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I would say no and report them to a manager immediately.
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I would say no, and report it to management.
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I would explain that this is very dishonest and I would tell them this is against company policy and that they stand to lose their job and their reputation and I would make sure the proper people are notified, because someone stealing is taking profit away from the company.
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I would definitely not help him. I will try to talk him out of it.
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I would turn in the co worker and report that they were trying to steal I was raised to never take anything that wasnt mine and to respect others property.
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I would discourage any form of stealing by a coworker. I would discreetly bring the matter to the attention of my manager.
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Report them to the supervisor.
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I would not do it and I would most likely report them to the manager.
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I would contact my manager immediately.
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Suggest that it is not worth losing your job and reputation.
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Turn them into loss prevention or call the theft hotline.
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I would refuse, then I would let my manager/loss prevention know.
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I would tell them no. Then I would call the customer aware line.
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I would tell the coworker that it's wrong, I won't be part of anything like this and would also report them to management.
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No and report to supervsor.
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I would notify a manager or supervisor.
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I will tell to my supervisor, or loss prevention associate.
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I would report it to a supervisor right away.
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If a coworker asked me to steal would immediately tell him no and proceed to inform a supervisor so he/she could handle the situation.
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I would say no, that I would not have any part of that. I would let my supervisor know of the conversation.
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I refuse the offer saying my jobs trust I me is valuable to amd then report it to management.
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No and I would tell my manger.
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I would report it immediately no questions asked. I absolutely do not believe in stealing anything. I would also let my store manager know as well as the hotline.
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I would have to report them to the manager.
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I would tell the manager or supervisor.
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Turn them in to the managment.
43.
I would tell the co worker the consequences of stealing and then try to convince them not to steal. If they dont respond by saying they wont steal, then I will tell my superviser.
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I would tell the coworker about how unacceptable this sort of behavior is in the workplace is, and try to discourage him/her from stealing merchandise.
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I would shut him down right away and advise him to think again about his job and losing it if he was caught.
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I would say no, then stop talking to them.
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I would tell them no and immediately report them to my manager.
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I would ask him why does he want my help to steal? I would say that I dont think its a good idea and is it worth losing your job.
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I would tell that coworker I am sorry, but I will not help you steal anything because I do not want to lose my job and also report him to a manager and let them deal with that coworker accordingly.
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I would tell them it is not something I could part take in then try and find out why they felt they needed to steal, if they were having financial troubles I would tell them that the company offered excellent counseling and they could remain anonymous.
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Out rightly refuse and inform my superior .
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I would say no and let the manager know about the situation.
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Walk the opposite direction and let the managers or loss prevention know of the situation.
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I will tell not to steal instead work hard.
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Tell them sorry not interested and walk way to find manager to report them.
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If such a situation appear I would let my manager know and definitely would not be a part of it.
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I would refuse and report them to the awareline.
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Say no and report to my manager.
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Tell them no and report them to the manager.
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I would tell them that they should be ashamed of their self and make the manager aware of this person's intentions immediately.
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I would decline and report coworker to management.
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I would adamantly tell them no, then turn them in.
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Tell this person how that could ruin their future. Report them if they didn't agree.
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I will refuse and speak to my supervisor.
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I would immediatly refuse the offer, then discreetly communicate the coworkers offer to management.
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I would not help him or her steal I would go straight to my manager.
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No, Never. Report to my superior of inside shrink potential.
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I would let them know that it is wrong to steal and I would advise them to not do that then tell a manager.
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I would report it to a manager right away .
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I am an honest and reliable person and that has never happened to me, I do not believe in stealing or anything unlawful. The only choice I would have is to report that employee to the manager and let them deal with accordingly.
71.
I would never steal. I would immediately go to management or call the hotline if there is one.
72.
I would say no and talk to manager about the situation.
73.
My first response would be definetely not, but I would talk someone in the management team to relay the information.
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I would tell him I don`t wan to take any part in it. And then I would report him to the management.
75.
I would tell my coworker that it is wrong to steal and if I see them doing so I will notify the manager and let them deal with the coworker.
76.
Stealing is just not part of my makeup. I would report it to my manager as soon as possible.
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I would report him or her to my manager/supervisor.
78.
I am against stealing so I would report to a manager.
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I would say no and suggest that they don't steal.
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Let your supervisor know your coworkers intentions.
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Id say no and that I will have no part in it and tell him that itd be in his interest to not steal.
82.
I will refuse and announce of his mischief.
83.
Deny on the spot and tell them no and if they attempt to steal I would report them.
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I would deny their request and talk them out of it. If they still decide to do it, I will take it to my supervisor.
85.
I would say absolutely not, try to convince them that stealing is wrong and guilt them out of doing it, and then report to my manager the situation at hand.
86.
I would tell the coworker that his behavior is unacceptable and that I would have to report him to a supervisor.
87.
I would say no. I would get a meeting with my manager and discuss the situation as this would affect the business and it is wrong.
88.
I would at first assume they are not serious; if they insist I would of course not cooperate with them and follow company policy on whom to report the incident too.
89.
Let my coworker know that s/he is wrong and s/he should not do such a thing and want s/he to correct the behaviour . LET MY MANAGER KNOW
90.
Never. Never. Never. I would report it to the manager.
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Immediately tell the manager or company reporting hot line.
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I would tell them that it is not the right thing to do.
93.
I would tell them no way and report them to my superviser.
94.
Stealing is unethical and is not tolerated anywhere that I know of , to even suggest that I help in anyway is absurd therefore I would report this to my superior immediately and he or she will do whats necessary .
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I will definitely will say no and try to change his mind and report it to the manger.
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Refuse to assist the coworker and speak to someone in management.
97.
I would immediately report it to my manager.

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