Interview Questions and Answers: Ethical practices interview questions

Ethics are best considered as basic principles like honesty, fairness and responsibility. Their practical applications are things like reporting problems and impartiality when dealing with people. Ethics also apply to clients, and dealing with the public.

If that looks like ethics have a wide ranges of applications in interview questions, they do. The interview questions and interview answers relate directly to employer needs, so they can vary quite a bit.

Examples of Ethical Interview Questions

  • If your day's take was out, and you knew a friend of yours had been working on your till, what would you do?
  • If you saw someone stealing from the stock room, what should you do?
  • You're the supervisor. You have a new starter and you discover that your balance sheets have been wrong since this person started. Do you blame that person?
  • You make a serious mistake on the job. What do you do to rectify the situation?

These aren't simple interview questions. In each situation, you're responsible for taking action. Your ethics have to be shown in your interview answers.

These are the basic interview answers to the interview questions above. You should make a point of refreshing your knowledge prior to any interview where 'knowledge of ethical practices' is in the essential job criteria.

  • If your day's take was out, and you knew a friend of yours had been working on your till, what would you do?

You report to your boss that the take is out, regardless of the situation. Your interview answer must indicate that you know to inform your supervisor.

  • If you saw someone stealing from the stock room, what should you do?

You report it immediately to your boss. This interview answer isn't debatable.

  • You're the supervisor. You have a new starter and you discover that your balance sheets have been wrong since this person started. Do you blame that person?

There's no proof of any wrongdoing by the new starter. Blame would be unfair. Your ethical obligation is to get facts, not find someone to blame. Your interview answer must show clearly your understanding of this situation.

  • You make a serious mistake on the job. What do you do to rectify the situation?

You inform your boss, immediately. You do not take any other action. No other interview answer is correct. Your ethical obligation is unequivocal.