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Honesty Interview Questions

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Rachelle Enns is an interview coach and job search expert. She works with candidates to perform their best in employment, medical, and post-secondary admission interviews.

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We have had concerns with employee theft recently. What would you do if you caught an employee or co-worker stealing?

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Honesty Interview Questions & Answers

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    We have had concerns with employee theft recently. What would you do if you caught an employee or co-worker stealing?

      How to Answer

      The interviewer would like to know that they can trust you to report theft and dishonesty in the workplace. Some businesses have trouble with employee theft, and they need to make sure that they are hiring someone who is honest and trustworthy. Talk to the interviewer about the steps you would take if you caught a co-worker stealing.

      Rachelle's Answer

      "I am sure that you have an internal policy for employee theft so I can assure you that I would follow the required steps to report the theft. I am a trustworthy person with a strong track record of honesty with my previous employers."

      Rachelle's Answer for an Admin Interview

      "When I work for an organization, I take pride in the work we are doing. With a focus on delivering value to a company wherever possible, I would feel obligated to report a co-worker stealing from the company. I will refer to any policy or guidelines available and speak to the manager in charge of the department where theft is taking place."

      Rachelle's Answer for a Manager Interview

      "I would most likely confront the employee first. Sometimes perception can be wrong, and I would not want to accuse someone of theft falsely. Upon confrontation, if my suspicions are validated, I would then start the process of corrective action."

      Rachelle's Answer for a Marketing Interview

      "In the marketing industry, I am aware of many companies needing to protect themselves against the theft of intellectual property. I am happy to sign an NDA and would immediately report any suspicious activity that I saw."

      Rachelle's Answer for a Retail Interview

      "If I caught an employee stealing, I would report the incident immediately. As a retail manager, I understand the value of employee honesty."

      Rachelle's Answer for a Sales Interview

      "Theft is never acceptable. If I suspected an employee was stealing from the company, I would report the incident immediately. Do you have a process or guidelines in place for this type of reporting?"

      Rachelle's Answer for a Teacher Interview

      "I have heard of teachers stealing supplies, book, and other resources. I have never witnessed this myself but rest assured, I do not find this acceptable. Any theft taking place would be immediately reported."

      Rachelle's Answer for a Warehouse Clerk Interview

      "When I work for an organization, I take pride in the work we are doing. With a focus on delivering value to a company wherever possible, I would feel obligated to report a co-worker stealing from the company. I will refer to any policy or guidelines available and speak to the manager in charge of the department where theft is taking place."

      Rachelle's Answer for a Bookstore Interview

      "I am sure that you have an internal policy for employee theft so I can assure you that I would follow the required steps to report the theft. I am a trustworthy person with a strong track record of honesty with my previous employers."

      Krista's Answer for a Firefighter Interview

      "If I saw a coworker stealing something from the department, I would approach them and ask them what they are doing and give them a chance to explain. If I felt as if they were not truthful in their response, I would report them to my immediate supervisor."

      1 Community Answer

      Anonymous Answer

      "I speak with her or his supervisor and explain the situation."

      Stephanie's Answer

      Great start, but this response should be developed a bit more to improve clarity and impact. In the "Revised Answer" section, I have provided suggestions for a revised response.

      "This is a tough situation to be in, but I understand the importance of honesty and integrity at work and would need to act accordingly. If I learned that a colleague was stealing, I would approach their supervisor to explain the situation, and I'd let the supervisor handle things from there. I value honesty and understand the importance of honesty in the workplace."

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