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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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What is your first reaction when you do something wrong at work?

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Honesty Interview Questions & Answers

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    What is your first reaction when you do something wrong at work?

      How to Answer

      How you react to an error made will tell the interviewer a great deal about you and your honesty level. Perhaps the mistake is one that could land you in a lot of trouble. Would you try to hide the incident, or would you tell a supervisor right away, and have the situation rectified?

      Rachelle's Answer

      "My first reaction when I do something wrong at work is to own it. How can anything be repaired if nobody even has a chance to fix it on time? That would be my line of thinking if a mistake were to occur."

      Rachelle's Answer for an Admin Interview

      "Nobody is perfect, and neither am I. If I made an error in the workplace, I would admit it and do what it takes to fix the situation."

      Rachelle's Answer for a Manager Interview

      "It is embarrassing to make mistakes but things happen, and I am a fan of getting things out of the way. I would tell someone about the situation in hopes that a resolution is made as soon as possible."

      Rachelle's Answer for a Marketing Interview

      "I am hard on myself so when I do something wrong or make a mistake. If I make an error, the first thing I would do is research how to fix it. I am independent and smart, so I know that I could repair any damage very quickly."

      Rachelle's Answer for a Retail Interview

      "I would never hide something or cover up a mistake just for the sake of saving face. I am an honest and upfront person."

      Rachelle's Answer for a Sales Interview

      "I was raised to be upfront about my mistakes, and for that reason, I would tell my manager or supervisor and ask for help to fix the problem."

      Rachelle's Answer for a Teacher Interview

      "I fully believe in honesty and immediately repairing what I have done wrong. I am not too proud to admit when I have made a mistake."

      Ryan's Answer for a Taxi Drivers Interview

      "My first reaction when I do something wrong at work is to own it. How can anything be repaired if nobody even has a chance to fix it on time? That would be my line of thinking if a mistake were to occur."

      Rachelle's Answer for an Admin Assistant Interview

      "I have very high expectations of myself, so when I do something wrong or make a mistake, I first work on finding a solution. If a solution were available, I would repair the issue, and then let my manager know what happened. If I could not fix the situation on my own, I would ask for help. I am independent, but I am never too proud to admit when I need a hand."