Hiring Wisdom: Asking For Some Honest Interview Answers

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According to the most recent report card on American Youth issued by The Josephson Institute of Ethics, the Institute found the number of students who said they had cheated on an exam in the past year dropped from 59 percent in 2010 to 51 percent in 2012.

The number of students who said they had lied to a teacher about something significant in the past year fell from 61 percent in 2010 to 55 percent in 2012. And, in 2012, only 20 percent said they had stolen something from a store in the past year versus 27 percent in 2010.

I wonder what the answers to these questions would be if we asked our employees and job applicants and they gave us honest answers?

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  1. Have you stolen anything of value, from work or anywhere else, in the last year?
  2. Have you lied to a customer, co-worker, manager, or anyone else about something significant in the last year?

This was originally published on Mel Kleiman’s Humetrics blog.

Mel Kleiman, CSP, is an internationally-known authority on recruiting, selecting, and hiring hourly employees. He has been the president of Humetrics since 1976 and has over 30 years of practical experience, research, consulting and professional speaking work to his credit. Contact him at mkleiman@humetrics.com.

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