Do you have an upcoming job interview? Make sure you know how to answer this tricky behavioral interview question: “Would you lie for the company?” OR “Would you lie to save the organization?” Although it’s not commonly asked, you’d better prepare by taking a look at our example answer.
The reason why interviewers ask this question is to gauge an applicant’s personal integrity or loyalty to the company. Your answer helps them identify your personality and how you’ll behave in the future. Keep in mind that there is no one size fits all. The sample answer is not suitable in all circumstances.
“Let me think for a second because I’ve never been in such a situation before… I’d do what’s best for the company as long as it’s lawful and in accordance with the company guidelines.
One thing I’m sure of is that I’d never lie to advance personal or business goals. I believe that when there is no integrity then there is no loyalty. I strongly believe that honesty is the best policy.”
Interview Question Tips
- Don’t beat around the bush, meaning that you need to get to the point. If you don’t know what to answer, you can ask a question in return and say: “Can you give me an example situation?”
- Do avoid a simple ‘yes’ or ‘no’ answer. It’s better to not choose between two values. Instead, give a proper and positive statement which covers all bases.