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?” Check out my example answer and tips down below!
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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.
#1 Example Answer
“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 at the expense of others’ financial or mental health. I believe that when there is no integrity then there is no loyalty. I strongly believe that honesty is the best policy.”
#2 Example Answer
“It depends on the situation and circumstances. When it’s beneficial to the company and it doesn’t harm others, then I would lie for the company. However, I’d actually focus on a sustainable solution to the problem instead of lying for short-term fixes or gains. As you’ll most likely agree, a lie can’t remain hidden for a long time which could damage your company’s reputation.”
√ 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.
X 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?”