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Question 1 of 13
We have had concerns with employee theft recently. What would you do if you caught a co-worker stealing?
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List of Honesty Interview Questions
  1. We have had concerns with employee theft recently. What would you do if you caught a co-worker stealing?
  2. When have you spoken up for cause, knowing that it would directly look unfavorable on you, because it was the right thing to do?
  3. Have you ever taken the fall for a situation, where it was really not your fault, in order to protect a coworker?
  4. On a scale from 1 to 10, how honest are you?
  5. Have you ever been advised by a fellow employee or supervisor to lie about a situation? How did you handle this ethical dilemma?
  6. Have you ever broken a confidentiality agreement?
  7. In what type of situations is it better to stretch the truth in order to sell a product?
  8. Do you think honesty is always the best policy?
  9. Have you ever kept the remainder of an expense that was allotted to you?
  10. Tell me about a time at work when your integrity was challenged. How did you handle it?
  11. How will you earn the trust of your coworkers?
  12. When have you shown great integrity at work?
  13. Do people see you as a trustworthy and honest individual?
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Rachelle Enns
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Contributing Author
Rachelle Enns
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Question 1 of 13
We have had concerns with employee theft recently. What would you do if you caught a co-worker stealing?
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If I caught an employee stealing, I would report the incident immediately. As a previous manager I really understand the value in employee honesty.
When I work for an organization, I tend to take pride in the work we are doing. With 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/or speak to the manager in charge of the department where theft is taking place.
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Question 2 of 13
When have you spoken up for cause, knowing that it would directly look unfavorable on you, because it was the right thing to do?
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Yes, I typically consider the big picture of all situations before I account for myself. If something makes sense for the organization and the people it serves, I will find a way to translate that to the team, even if it goes against the grain. We can then discuss as a group and come to the right conclusion together.
I spoke up to our management team regarding mandatory overtime on the production floor. I was not in a manufacturing department, but I just didn't think the amount of hours they were working was fair.
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Question 3 of 13
Have you ever taken the fall for a situation, where it was really not your fault, in order to protect a coworker?
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I have taken the heat for a situation that was not my fault. Honestly, it wasn't anyone's fault and I understand that sometimes the blame needs to land somewhere when corporate is looking for answers.
As a leader, I have taken responsibility for the results of my team because I hold myself to that standard. If in a situation where blame is falsely placed on me, I will utilize my communication skills to resolve the matter.
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Question 4 of 13
On a scale from 1 to 10, how honest are you?
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I value honesty at a 10 on a scale of 1 to 10.
10, always.
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Question 5 of 13
Have you ever been advised by a fellow employee or supervisor to lie about a situation? How did you handle this ethical dilemma?
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Yes, I have been asked to lie on the job before. In a previous role, our inventory count was off. My co-worker wanted to go home and he suggested that I lie about our count. I refused to lie and we stayed late. I would always choose honesty over lying - any day.
I have never been advised to lie in a situation and would not tolerate being put in such an ethical dilemma.
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Question 6 of 13
Have you ever broken a confidentiality agreement?
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Confidentiality agreements are necessary and important to protect an organization. I understand the aspects of confidentiality and take them very seriously. I have never broken that trust.
No. I have only once had a confidentiality agreement and had no problem adhering to it.
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Question 7 of 13
In what type of situations is it better to stretch the truth in order to sell a product?
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In my opinion, there is never a situation where you should stretch the truth to sell a product. Selling a product should include asking more questions of the client and talking a little less.
When selling a product or service, describing features and benefits is the best approach. It is not in the best interest of a company or a customer for anyone to stretch truths.
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Question 8 of 13
Do you think honesty is always the best policy?
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I do feel that honesty is the best policy so long as the honest comment does not come with the intention of being hurtful.
Honesty is always the best policy. Often times, it is just a matter of how you communicate and deliver your message so managing this with each situation is critical to building honest and trustworthy relationships.
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Question 9 of 13
Have you ever kept the remainder of an expense that was allotted to you?
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No, I absolutely have not kept the remainder of an expense that was allotted to me. That would be dishonest and I am a very trustworthy person.
No, I do not practice this as it is something unethical to do. I keep accurate count of my expenses, records/receipts and payments. If there is an overpayment I will credit the expense report, and include the backup, on the next expense request.
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Question 10 of 13
Tell me about a time at work when your integrity was challenged. How did you handle it?
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I rarely feel the pressure to do anything that goes against my personal integrity. I hold strong to my values and do not allow pressure to get to me.
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 in accordance with our vision and values.
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Question 11 of 13
How will you earn the trust of your coworkers?
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I will win my new coworkers over by going above and beyond the expectations given to me. I want to be a helpful team member that they can always come to.
Trust is something you earn over time with people. I will lead by example and be transparent in my communications. Trust happens when people deliver on doing what they say they will do. I take the approach of under promising and over delivering to accelerate the trust process. With strong trust, teams can accomplish great things together.
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Question 12 of 13
When have you shown great integrity at work?
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I show integrity every day at work by being my true self. The "me" that you see at work is the "me" that my family and friends get. I am an honest and genuine person.
Honesty and integrity are two values at the center of my being. I like to think I practice this in the workplace by always doing the right thing by the company, its customers and its people.
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Question 13 of 13
Do people see you as a trustworthy and honest individual?
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My friends and family rely on me heavily because I am trustworthy and honest. They can count on me to be straightforward with them and depend on me to be there when it matters least or most.
Yes. People who know me always know that they can rely on me to tell them truth.
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