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Do you think honesty is always the best policy?

1 of 15 Honesty Interview Questions and Answers Written by Rachelle Enns

Updated on January 11th, 2019 | Rachelle is a job search expert, career coach, and headhunter
who helps everyone from students to fortune executives find success in their career.
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 a job search expert, executive headhunter, career catalyst, and interview coach. Utilized by top talent from Fortune companies like Microsoft, General Electric, and Nestle, she helps professionals position themselves in today's competitive digital marketplace. Rachelle founded Renovate My Resume and Executive Resume Solutions, two companies focused on helping job seekers get their edge back. She helps everyone from new graduates looking for their first placement, to CEO's who want more out of their career. Rachelle coaches students to executives on how to master the toughest interview questions and how to handle the most bizarre interview situations; all with confidence and poise. Rachelle trains other career coaches, recruiters, and resume writers, globally. A big part of her job is also spent coaching HR professionals on how to bring the human touch back into their interview and hiring process.
First written on: 01/07/2017
Last modified on: 01/11/2019

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