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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?

7 Answer Examples

By: Rachelle Enns

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.

Professional Answer Examples
General
Answer example

"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."

Admin
Answer example

"I have never been advised to lie in a situation and would not tolerate being put in such an ethical dilemma."

Manager
Answer example

"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."

Marketing
Answer example

"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."

Retail
Answer example

"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."

Sales
Answer example

"I have not been directly asked to lie about anything. I think that is because everyone knows that I would not agree with it."

Teacher
Answer example

"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."

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: 06/29/2018

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