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Honesty-Related Interview Questions

To help you prepare for your next job interview, here are 15 interview questions that will test your honesty.

Honesty was written by and updated on August 19th, 2018. Learn more here.

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We have had concerns with employee theft recently. What would you do if you caught an employee or co-worker stealing?

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The interviewer would like to know that they can trust you to report theft and dishonesty in the workplace. Some businesses have trouble with employee theft, and they need to make sure that they are hiring someone who is honest and trustworthy. Talk to the interviewer about the steps you would take if you caught a co-worker stealing.

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List of 15 Honesty Interview Questions & Answers

  • 1.

    We have had concerns with employee theft recently. What would you do if you caught an employee or co-worker stealing?

      How to Answer

      The interviewer would like to know that they can trust you to report theft and dishonesty in the workplace. Some businesses have trouble with employee theft, and they need to make sure that they are hiring someone who is honest and trustworthy. Talk to the interviewer about the steps you would take if you caught a co-worker stealing.

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      1st Answer Example

      "I am sure that you have an internal policy for employee theft so I can assure you that I would follow the required steps to report the theft. I am a trustworthy person with a strong track record of honesty with my previous employers."

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      Admin

      "When I work for an organization, I take pride in the work we are doing. With a focus on delivering value to a company wherever possible, I would feel obligated to report a co-worker stealing from the company. I will refer to any policy or guidelines available and speak to the manager in charge of the department where theft is taking place."

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      Manager

      "I would most likely confront the employee first. Sometimes perception can be wrong, and I would not want to accuse someone of theft falsely. Upon confrontation, if my suspicions are validated, I would then start the process of corrective action."

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      Marketing

      "In the marketing industry, I am aware of many companies needing to protect themselves against the theft of intellectual property. I am happy to sign an NDA and would immediately report any suspicious activity that I saw."

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      Retail

      "If I caught an employee stealing, I would report the incident immediately. As a retail manager, I understand the value of employee honesty."

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      Sales

      "Theft is never acceptable. If I suspected an employee was stealing from the company, I would report the incident immediately. Do you have a process or guidelines in place for this type of reporting?"

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      Teacher

      "I have heard of teachers stealing supplies, book, and other resources. I have never witnessed this myself but rest assured, I do not find this acceptable. Any theft taking place would be immediately reported."

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      Community Answer

      "I speak with her or his supervisor and explain the situation."

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      Stephanie Cafaro

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      Stephanie Cafaro Reviewed the Above Answer

      Great start, but this response should be developed a bit more to improve clarity and impact. In the "Revised Answer" section, I have provided suggestions for a revised response.

      "This is a tough situation to be in, but I understand the importance of honesty and integrity at work and would need to act accordingly. If I learned that a colleague was stealing, I would approach their supervisor to explain the situation, and I'd let the supervisor handle things from there. I value honesty and understand the importance of honesty in the workplace."

  • 2.

    When have you shown great integrity at work?

      How to Answer

      The interviewer would like to know about a time when you have shown high levels of integrity on the job. Integrity is best displayed through honesty and consistent moral values. Talk to the interviewer about the ways that you show your integrity in the workplace.

      Written by Rachelle Enns on August 19th, 2018

      1st Answer Example

      "In my last position, I was responsible for the cash deposit on a daily basis. There was never a discrepancy, in the four years that I worked there. I best show my integrity by being a consistently reliable employee."

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      Admin

      "I show integrity every day at work by being my true self. The "me" that you see at work is the "me" that my family and friends get. I am an honest and genuine person."

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      Manager

      "Integrity is fundamental to me. I was once given credit for a report that I did not create. I did present the report, but one of my staff members had put it together for me. I made sure to show thanks for the compliment and alert everyone to its creator. I took my subordinate out to lunch later for making me look good."

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      Marketing

      "I show great integrity by delivering my projects to my clients when I say that I will. Nobody likes to be left hanging and I feel that is part of what gives me such an amazing reputation in the industry."

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      Retail

      "Honesty and integrity are two values at the center of my being. I like to think I practice this in the workplace by always doing the right thing by the company, its customers, and its people."

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      Sales

      "I show integrity every day when I am creating proposals and giving quotes. My high level of integrity shines through in my work which is why I have an 89% referral rating - the highest in the company."

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      Teacher

      "I work with children, and so I have to be aware of the example that I am. This idea means being integral at all times. Even when you think that nobody is watching - they are!"

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      Community Answer

      "My boss told me to download customer information from the cloud. However, it was strict company policy not to download that data so I told him I wouldn't follow his instructions. He agreed and admired me for my integrity at work."

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      Amanda Knight

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      Amanda Knight Reviewed the Above Answer

      This sounds like a powerful example that you can expand on to more clearly highlight your integrity. What kind of data did he ask you to download and why? Did you explain to him why you were unwilling to do so? Did you report his unethical request to leadership? Was he initially upset when you refused? Did your refusal cause tension in the workplace that made it difficult to maintain integrity? Sharing more detail helps the interviewer grant the scope of the scenario.

  • 3.

    How will you earn the trust of your coworkers?

      Admin

      "I will win my new coworkers over by going above and beyond the expectations given to me. I want to be a helpful team member that they can always come to."

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      Manager

      "Trust is something you earn over time with people. I will lead by example and be transparent in my communications. Trust happens when people deliver on doing what they say they will do. I take the approach of under promising and over delivering to accelerate the trust process. With strong trust, teams can accomplish great things together."

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      Marketing

      "Offering clear lines of communication is the best way for me to earn a good reputation with my coworkers. Unclear communication can cost my team members hours of work so for that reason; I commit myself to always keeping the lines of communication open. Trust is built from there."

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      Retail

      "I feel that the best way to earn the trust of my co-workers is to be helpful, always do what I promise, and be honest with them at all times. Strong relationships are built on these principles."

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      Sales

      "I win trust by being honest and upfront with my sales team and expecting the same from them. Trust and mutual respect are critical to me."

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      Teacher

      "Teachers can be a tight-knit community which is why bringing a good reputation with me, to my new role, is critical. I am respectful and a team player, always doing what I can to help a fellow teacher out."

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      Community Answer

      "- always be civil, keep a smile and be positive

      - avoid trivial discussions.

      - complete my tasks on time so they don't get shifted to my coworkers

      - always try to figure out a problem on my own before coming for help.

      - always be open to the questions of others and give feedback when necessary"

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      Amanda Knight

      Our Professional Interview Coach
      Amanda Knight Reviewed the Above Answer

      These are all excellent ways to earn the trust of others because they demonstrate your commitment to being a strong, productive team member. You can also build trust by actively listening to others and appreciating differences.

  • 4.

    Tell me about a time at work when your integrity was challenged. How did you handle it?

      How to Answer

      Have you ever faced a time, in the workplace, where you were put to the test when it came to your integrity? Perhaps a co-worker has asked you to lie, or you were tempted to be dishonest on your time sheet when the boss was away. Talk to the interviewer about a time when you overcame the temptation to be dishonest.

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  • 5.

    Have you ever kept the remainder of an expense that was allotted to you?

      How to Answer

      The interviewer would like to know if you have ever falsified an expense report or kept funds not meant for you. Assure the interviewer that you can be honest with your expense reports. Discuss your previous expenses and how you keep track of them.

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  • 6.

    Do you think honesty is always the best policy?

      How to Answer

      The interviewer would like to know if you genuinely feel that honesty is the best policy. Many will argue that honesty is not always the best policy. What is your take? Talk to the interviewer about your thoughts on honesty in the workplace.

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  • 7.

    In what type of situations is it better to stretch the truth in order to sell a product?

      How to Answer

      The interviewer would like to know if you would stretch the truth to sell a product. Of course, you already know that it is not okay to fib to make a sale. Talk to the interviewer about your ability to sell without stretching the truth.

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  • 8.

    Have you ever broken a confidentiality agreement?

      How to Answer

      Companies will have confidentiality agreements for a variety of reasons. These could be to protect their trade secrets or to ensure that you do not bring clients over on the occasion that you leave their company. Talk to the interviewer about your thoughts on confidentiality agreements.

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    Have you ever been advised by a fellow employee or supervisor to lie about a situation? How did you handle this ethical dilemma?

      How to Answer

      The interviewer would like to know how you would handle an ethical dilemma. Ethical dilemmas in the workplace will come up from time to time. Assure the interviewer that you can control these types of difficulties with professionalism and poise.

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  • 10.

    On a scale from 1 to 10, how honest are you?

      How to Answer

      Do you feel that you are a sincere person or do you have room for growth? This question could be a tricky one as nobody is always 100% honest. Answer to the best of your ability and back your reply by speaking about your ethics.

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  • 11.

    Have you ever taken the fall for a situation, where it was really not your fault, in order to protect a coworker?

      How to Answer

      The interviewer would like to know if you would falsely take the fall for a coworker. Taking the fall for a situation, to protect a co-worker, is a tricky situation. It can show teamwork, but it may not be the most honest thing to do. Talk to the interviewer about your thoughts on taking the fall for something you did not do.

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  • 12.

    When have you spoken up for cause, knowing that it would directly look unfavorable on you, because it was the right thing to do?

      How to Answer

      Every manager wants a team player who will not resist company policy or argue about every detail of the workload. However; time may come when you need to speak up about something, and it may not look the best on you. Talk to the interviewer about a time that this may have happened to you on the job.

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  • 13.

    Do people see you as a trustworthy and honest individual?

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      The interviewer would like to know how others see you. It is easy to say that you are trustworthy and honest, but it's best if you can back it up with a review or words from a previous supervisor.

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  • 14.

    What would you do if a co-worker asked you to help them steal?

      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.

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  • 15.

    What is your first reaction when you do something wrong at work?

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      How you react to an error made will tell the interviewer a great deal about you and your honesty level. Perhaps the mistake is one that could land you in a lot of trouble. Would you try to hide the incident, or would you tell a supervisor right away, and have the situation rectified?

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