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Tell me about a time at work when your integrity was challenged. How did you handle it?

8 Answer Examples

By: Rachelle Enns

How to Answer

Have you ever faced a time, in the workplace, where you were put to the test when it came to your integrity? Perhaps a co-worker has asked you to lie, or you were tempted to be dishonest on your time sheet when the boss was away. Talk to the interviewer about a time when you overcame the temptation to be dishonest.

Professional Answer Examples
General
Answer example

"Last year our manager went away on vacation for three weeks. Some of my co-workers wanted to falsify our time sheets to reflect overtime hours that we did not work. I disagreed and was able to convince them that it was a bad idea and certainly not worth being fired over."

Admin
Answer example

"I rarely feel the pressure to do anything that goes against my integrity. I hold strong to my values and do not allow pressure to get to me."

Manager
Answer example

"I once had a subordinate that would perform work after clocking out. There was a rumor later that I forced my team to work off the clock to save the company money. I did not know it was happening, and I certainly did not ask anyone to work outside of their scheduled shift. The situation was cleared up thankfully."

Marketing
Answer example

"I had a client complain to my marketing director stating that I did not implement his requests. My boss was taken aback because he has never received a complaint regarding my work in the six years we have worked together. We worked towards a solution with the client, and my boss quickly realized the client contradicted himself often."

Retail
Answer example

"I once had a customer accuse me of lying about our return policy. We had just changed it but had not update the website yet. I felt sad that someone would accuse me of lying. The situation was repaired quickly, thank goodness."

Sales
Answer example

"My manager once asked us to lead our teams in a direction that was not in alignment with the overall department's mission and values. As a results-oriented person, I typically switch into high gear to accomplish the work. When I gave it thought, I realized it was against our best interests and brought my concerns to the leadership team. Together, we formulated a plan to meet the objective and still behave by our vision and values."

Teacher
Answer example

"A parent was not happy with their child's grades, and they blamed my teaching. It was upsetting because they involved my principal. Luckily the principal knew the backstory and that the child was often late for school and would fall asleep at her desk. We worked collaboratively with the parent on a plan without placing the blame on anyone."

Animal Control Workers
Answer example

"Last year our manager went away on vacation for 3 weeks. Some of my co-workers wanted to falsify our time sheets to reflect overtime hours that we did not work. I disagreed and was able to convince them that it was a bad idea and certainly not worth being fired over."

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: 08/19/2018

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