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Are You An Honest Person?

 

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The question | What they are looking for | How to answer | See also

 

The question

Are you truthful?

Would you say you are an honest person?

Do you always tell the truth?

What they are looking for

Nobody is 100% truthful. If you say you are always honest then this could be an indicator of dishonesty.

Questions about honesty can be used as a stress question, particularly if they challenge your response. You may have been been given tasks or asked things not long before which are deliberately set up to allow you to be not wholly truthful while thinking you can get away with this.

How to answer

Say 'I try to be'. Admit to avoiding the truth when it may hurt other people or the company's reputation. Talk about the dilemma of telling the truth when this might cause problems. Talk about values and how you just feel honesty is the best policy. Say you take the long view and that you prefer to take a personal hit rather than lose trust, which you value more.

See also

Values, Trust

 

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