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Have you ever broken a confidentiality agreement?

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

Updated on January 8th, 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

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.

Professional Answer Examples
General
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
Answer example

"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
Answer example

"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
Answer example

"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
Answer example

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

Sales
Answer example

"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
Answer example

"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
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."

Business Analyst
Answer example

"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
Answer example

"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
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, or a patient, in any way."

Autopsy Assistant
Answer example

"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
Answer example

"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)."

Addiction Nurse
Answer example

"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
Answer example

"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."

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: 01/08/2019

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