Do you tell the truth at an interview?
When interviewing for a job . I have been asked this. "Have you ever stolen from your employer ?" How do you answer this. Most of us have taken paperclips,pens,made copies for personal use, brought home sugar, Little stuff. Do you say yes or no?
Really are people asking that? I think you could say that you respect the office property, but have been absentminded on occasion and taken a pen home I wouldn't say anything about photocopying. These days anyhow, some places (one that I am working in now in fact) monitor every last photocopy. No way I could do any extra copying if I tried.
They look for honesty. I'm not telling you to say "Oh yes, all the time. Sometimes I don't even realize it" The best answer is of course "No" and something amongst the lines of "I feel its important to remain loyal to the company, and stealing is an act of dishonesty and it should not be tolerated"
By no means am I someone who knows everything about interviewing, I just know what my company trained me on. Most managers are even taught how to tell when potential employees are lying through their teeth.
I remember on one job where I had to do home visits for clients. I changed my cars and cleaned out the old one so it could be sold. So I gathered all my pads and papers from the old car and brought them back into work. At which time, my co-workers laughed hysterically at me for returning the items. All I could say was, "But there not mine."
So I guess I could honestly answer that question with a "No, I have never stolen from my employer."
I carry $15,000 in equipment on my truck at all times. I have found satellite dish parts in my garage ,that have been there for years. I had no intent to steal them. I just took them to the office where they they were thrown away for being to old.
We are biased in given society involuntarily. if a truth is injurious to self or to some one, it becomes compulsive to safe guard the situation.
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