Integrity is a very interesting concept. I may be old-fashioned, but I believe the subject has taken quite a few hits over the last couple of decades.
I also believe the concepts of right and wrong have been slowly but surely stripped out of our children’s education, but that’s a discussion for another time and another place.
Let’s ask the applicant a simple question:
“Frank, if you noticed a co-worker was taking office supplies home with them and you knew your co-worker wasn’t working at home, what would you do?”
You could make sure Frank knew that, in this scenario, the co-worker did not have permission to take the supplies from the workplace.
Let’s see what Frank has to say on this.
Am I cynical if I believe that more folks than not consider it okay to take supplies from the office? I see a trend away from personal responsibility. More people feel they are “entitled” to things. And some of those things may be right there at their workplace.
Keep a close eye on Frank as he responds to this line of questioning.
Have you noticed that I mention in quite a few tips to “keep a close eye” on the applicant when they’re responding to a particular line of questioning?
My reasoning goes like this:
For decent folks, I find they are able to easily express themselves when they’re being truthful. Decent folk will get a bit nervous, maybe twitch a bit if they stretch the truth some. It’s just hard for them to tell a half-truth or a complete lie without also displaying some kind of physical manifestation.
Unfortunately there’s also a few out there who can look you straight in the face and lie and not flinch at all. This is a person you absolutely do not want in your workplace. How do you screen this person out? Well, if you’re not using our employee testing service yet, click here and take our free test. We can certainly help you with this.
Simply stated, the more integrity you got going in your workplace, the better things will go overall.
As the law varies in each area, please check with an attorney to ensure you are applying these tips within the law.
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