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Do you think honesty is always the best policy?

10 Answer Examples

By: Rachelle Enns

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.

Professional Answer Examples
General
Answer example

"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."

Admin
Answer example

"I do feel that honesty is the best policy so long as the honest comment does not come with the intention of being hurtful."

Manager
Answer example

"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."

Marketing
Answer example

"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!"

Retail
Answer example

"Yes, honesty is the best policy, but sometimes brutal honesty is worse than a lie if not communicated well."

Sales
Answer example

"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!"

Teacher
Answer example

"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."

Floral Designer
Answer example

"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."

Financial Analyst
Answer example

"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. However, when it comes to financial matters I believe that full disclosure, transparency, and honest is a must at all times."

HR Consultant
Answer example

"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."

Written by:

Ryan Brown
Ryan Brown, is the creator of MockQuestions. He has over ten years experience creating interview questions. His website has helped over 10 million job seekers in their interview preparation.
Rachelle Enns
Rachelle Enns is an executive head-hunter and job search expert. Utilized by top executives from Fortune 100 & 500 companies like Fitbit, Microsoft, General Electric, Nestle, and more, she helps professionals position themselves in a competitive marketplace. Rachelle founded Renovate My Resume, a company that focuses on helping job seekers get their edge back. Renovate My Resume creates stand-out resumes, cover letters, LinkedIn profiles and professional summaries for new grads, all the way to corporate executives. Rachelle spends much of her time training career coaches, recruiters, and resume writers. She also holds interview workshops for students and interns, globally. For great tips and tricks, follow Rachelle on Instagram @_rachelle_e or @renovatemyresume.
First written on: 01/07/2017
Last modified on: 01/11/2019

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