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Have you ever broken a confidentiality agreement?

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.

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Answer Example

"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."

Admin

"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."

Manager

"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."

Marketing

"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."

Retail

"No. I have only once had a confidentiality agreement and had no problem adhering to it."

Sales

"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."

Teacher

"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."

Secretary

"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."

Business Analyst

"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 or client."

Chiropractor

"I have never, 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."

MRI Technologist

"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, or a patient, in any way."

Autopsy Assistant

"I'm trusted with confidential information every day. I make a point to leave my work at work and not discuss patients outside of the office. By not discussing confidential information about the patients I'm ensuring that I'm not breaking any rules and giving information to those that are not on a need to know basis."

Summer Law Clerk

"My last two positions entailed the management of highly confidential documents and I am used to following the firm procedures and processes to ensure confidentiality of all parties involved. For instance, while working for (X firm) as (X position title), I (X further information demonstrating your successful ability to manage confidential information)."

Application Database Administrator

"Handling confidential information can involve measures as simple as crossing through information or shredding, and it can be more complex with encryption and security access levels. An example I come across often is handling documentation with credit card and bank numbers. Given the nature of the documentation, we have to file it away for future auditing purposes, so we can't simply shred it. Instead, we keep the files in a secure area while processing takes place. Once processing is complete and we no longer require the number, I simply black-out the credit card information with a sharpie before filing it away for future audits. From there, individuals with proper clearances may access the general information without knowledge of their financial details. It is a simple measure to handle and protect confidential information, but it goes a long way."

Addiction Nurse

"If I were taking over a shift and the nurse who worked before me told me about a discrepancy between the narcotics count book and the actual medications on hand, I would first ask her if we can do another count to verify the discrepancy. If the count does reflect that medications are missing, I would immediately report this to my supervisor. This is not about getting someone into trouble, but about being accountable for the safety and well being of my patients, myself, and the other staff. Medication errors are sometimes made, but it is my responsibility to make sure I notify the appropriate people (my supervisor) to determine where the error occurred and to make sure it doesn't happen again."

Union Representative

"As a union representative there are several occasions when I am trusted with information which is confidential in nature and maintaining this trust is a major part of this job. Once I was shared with some confidential information by the employers about some major change they were planning for the company and there could be some disturbance from the employees' side. Being one of the employees it was easy for me to break down and share this information with my colleagues but this is where the integrity of our job comes into picture. I kept it to myself until it was officially announced by the company officials."

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