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.
"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."
"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."
"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."
"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."
"If I caught an employee stealing, I would report the incident immediately. As a retail manager, I understand the value of employee honesty."
"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?"
"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."
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.
"I have never been told to lie to a fellow employee or supervisor on the job. If I were to be asked to lie, I absolutely would not do that. I am not the type of personality to be pushed around on the job. I will always be myself and keep my integrity first."
"I have never been advised to lie in a situation and would not tolerate being put in such an ethical dilemma."
"I am a firm leader who makes my ethical stance very clear, straight away. I believe this is why I have never been put in an ethical dilemma as you describe."
"Oh goodness, we all know in marketing that this happens all the time. People want to lie about stats, overdo projections, or overpromise on deadlines. I would never cave to that pressure. Aside from being dishonest, it doesn't do anybody any favors in the end."
"Yes, I have been asked to lie on the job before. In a previous role, our inventory count was off. My co-worker wanted to go home, and he suggested that I lie about our count. I refused to lie, and we stayed late. I would always choose honesty over lying, any day."
"I have not been directly asked to lie about anything. I think that is because everyone knows that I would not agree with it."
"As a teacher, I have a moral obligation to set the tone for my students at all times. I would never lie, and I teach my students to do the same."
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.
"I never have, to my knowledge, broken a confidentiality agreement. Despite my reasons for leaving a position, I would never choose to hurt a previous employer in any way."
"Confidentiality agreements are necessary and important to protect an organization. I understand the need for confidentiality and take those factors very seriously. I have never broken the trust of my employer."
"I have signed NDA's in all of my previous roles, with no issues. As a manager in this particular industry, I also understand the importance of asking my new hires to sign the same. I hold myself, and my team, accountable to confidentiality agreements."
"I sign a waiver with every one of my clients, and I have had thousands of clients in my marketing career. I would never compromise a company or person's request for confidence."
"No. I have only once had a confidentiality agreement and had no problem adhering to it."
"In my sales career, I have been asked to sign a confidentiality agreement, before onboarding, more often than not. Discretion has never been an issue for me, and I am happy to comply with any matters of confidence brought up in your organization."
"Being a teacher requires a great amount of tact, discretion, and respect for your student's privacy. I understand the importance of this and would never knowingly compromise any confidential matter."
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.
"I feel that if you need to stretch the truth to sell a product, you probably aren't a natural salesperson. If you know what you're doing and understand your product, there should be no need to stretch the truth. Honesty is always the best policy."
"When selling a product or service, describing features and benefits is the best approach. It is not in the best interest of a company or a customer for anyone to stretch truths."
"I am not in the habit of stretching the truth. I believe that fact-based decision making is the best route for everyone. I would not want to make an important decision with the information that was loosely based on fact, so I would not do the same to my customers."
"As an advocate for truthful advertising, I think it would be appalling to fib to gain business or client approval."
"In my opinion, there is never a situation where you should stretch the truth to sell a product. Selling a product should include asking more questions of the client and talking a little less."
"Being in a high-pressure sales environment for the past ten years, I have seen it all! Stretching the truth never bodes well in the end. I am upfront with my clients at all times and confident enough in my product line that I can always find the right fit for their needs without lying."
"Stretching the truth can be damaging to a student. I would never do anything to compromise the position of trust that I am in, as a teacher."
|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.
"Sometimes full disclosure can damage someone's self-esteem, and reality isn't always best expressed in full and can be self-indulgent based on the person's intention. In those instances, honesty isn't always the best policy."
"I do feel that honesty is the best policy so long as the honest comment does not come with the intention of being hurtful."
"Honesty is always the best policy. Often, it is just a matter of how you communicate and deliver your message so managing this with each situation is critical to building honest and trustworthy relationships."
"Without honesty, there is no real transparency which makes it difficult to deliver a great product. I am always honest with my coworkers and clients. I deliver my message tactfully of course!"
"Yes, honesty is the best policy, but sometimes brutal honesty is worse than a lie if not communicated well."
"When it comes to business decisions and dealing with clients, I do feel that honesty is the best policy. In my personal life, not always. For instance, if I don't like my mom's cooking, I am certainly not going to tell her!"
"I need to offer my student fair and true feedback if I expect them to improve. For that reason, I do believe that honesty is the best policy. With that said, it's all about a kind and respectful delivery."
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.
"I always keep very close track of my expenses, and I keep an exact spreadsheet which I update weekly, supported by receipts. I have never falsified an expense report."
"No, I absolutely have not kept the remainder of an expense that was allotted to me. That would be dishonest and I am a very trustworthy person."
"No, I have asked openly to use any remaining expense allocations for supplies that were not previously budgeted. But, I asked first, and the money was kept in my department, not my pocket."
"What is an expense account? Kidding, of course! We bill our clients on milestones and do not have any expense allotments, due to the nature of our work. Rest assured, I would never be dishonest in the workplace. I am a firm believer in karma!"
"Certainly not! I am cautious with my employer's money and have always been a person with a solid moral code."
"This would be completely unethical. I keep an accurate count of my expenses, records/receipts, and payments. If there is an overpayment, I will credit the expense report, and include the backup, on the next expense request."
"I have never been in a position where I had an expense account, but even so, I would never steal from my employer. That is out of the question."
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.
"Last year our manager went away on vacation for three weeks. Some of my co-workers wanted to falsify our time sheets to reflect overtime hours that we did not work. I disagreed and was able to convince them that it was a bad idea and certainly not worth being fired over."
"I rarely feel the pressure to do anything that goes against my integrity. I hold strong to my values and do not allow pressure to get to me."
"I once had a subordinate that would perform work after clocking out. There was a rumor later that I forced my team to work off the clock to save the company money. I did not know it was happening, and I certainly did not ask anyone to work outside of their scheduled shift. The situation was cleared up thankfully."
"I had a client complain to my marketing director stating that I did not implement his requests. My boss was taken aback because he has never received a complaint regarding my work in the six years we have worked together. We worked towards a solution with the client, and my boss quickly realized the client contradicted himself often."
"I once had a customer accuse me of lying about our return policy. We had just changed it but had not update the website yet. I felt sad that someone would accuse me of lying. The situation was repaired quickly, thank goodness."
"My manager once asked us to lead our teams in a direction that was not in alignment with the overall department's mission and values. As a results-oriented person, I typically switch into high gear to accomplish the work. When I gave it thought, I realized it was against our best interests and brought my concerns to the leadership team. Together, we formulated a plan to meet the objective and still behave in accordance with our vision and values."
"A parent was not happy with their child's grades, and they blamed my teaching. It was upsetting because they involved my principal. Luckily the principal knew the backstory and that the child was often late for school and would fall asleep at her desk. We worked collaboratively with the parent on a plan without placing the blame on anyone."
The interviewer would like to know how you can wind your new co-workers over. Workplace relationships are essential to nurture. Talk to the interviewer about how you plan to earn the trust of your new co-workers, should you be offered the position. Here are some ways that you can build trust with your coworkers: - Show common courtesy. Say hello, hold the elevator door, bring coffees now and then - Be respectful in your communication, avoid over cc'ing unnecessarily in emails - Avoid being a distraction, and respect the use of their time - Respect their personal space and the line between work life and personal life - Always ask if they have time before diving into a conversation - Try to find the answer to your questions before running to ask a manager or co-worker - Connect with them on LinkedIn but avoid more personal social media platforms - Treat everyone the same, regardless of their job title - Do not complain about your job to your coworkers - Reach out to new employees and make them feel comfortable - Own up to your mistakes and fix them - Be timely with your followups and meet your deadlines
"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."
"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."
"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."
"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."
"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."
"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."
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.
"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."
"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."
"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."
"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."
"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."
"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."
"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!"
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.
"I once had a coworker ask me to punch in for her when she was late. She didn't want to lose hours on her time sheet! I simply laughed and told her that she needed to wake up a bit earlier if she wanted to be at work on time. She apologized later for asking me to do something unethical. It didn't happen again."
"One of my senior managers, after giving his two weeks' notice, actually had the nerve to ask me to hand over the contact information for some of my major accounts. I was appalled by his behavior, reported it to our director, and he was terminated rather than being allowed to complete his two weeks' notice."
"At one point I caught another marketing manager billing hours to a client that was not even his. He knew the client was a major one, and that they did not ever look at their itemized report every month. I dug into the situation a bit and found that he had been adding about five billable hours per month for the past six months. I approached him about it, and he asked me to keep the secret. I reported my findings, and he lost his job shortly after. I did not want my agency to get a bad reputation for one dishonest person."
"I have never had a co-worker ask me to help them steal; however, I am aware that merchandise goes missing all the time, at the hands of employees, in a retail environment. I have formal training on how to approach situations like these and have zero tolerance for theft."
"I used to do ride alongs with a senior territory manager who would falsify his kilometer reimbursement requests all the time. I was new to my career and didn't want to be a whistleblower, so I let it go on. Now, however, I would know to report a situation like that and to never participate through inaction, again."
"I once caught an administrator taking office supplies from our school! She asked me not to tell anyone. I had a heart to heart with her and told her that I would have to report the situation, but if she returned the items that she took, I would assure the principal that she was trying to correct the situation. The theft didn't go over well, and she lost her job, but I didn't feel bad. You need to trust those with whom you work. Our school is already on a tight budget, and we certainly didn't need a staff member taking from what little our students already receive."