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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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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.

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

"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."

Admin

"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."

Manager

"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."

Marketing

"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."

Retail

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

Sales

"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?"

Teacher

"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."

Bookstore

"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."

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