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."