- What does the word “integrity” mean to you? …
- Have you ever had consequences for doing the right thing? …
- What do you do when you need to admit your mistakes? …
- Tell me about a time when a situation tested your integrity.
How To Answer Integrity, Proactive, Team Work Related Interview Questions #CareerDevelopment
Why Do Employers Care About Integrity in the Workplace?
Employers ALWAYS want to hire someone who is going to act with integrity.
It doesn’t matter how smart, experienced, or talented you are as a candidate. If a hiring manager doesn’t trust you to be accountable, honest, and fair, they will hire someone else.
They want to trust their employees to do the right thing and communicate honestly and openly.
They want to hire people who will cooperate and treat others well.
They want to be able to know that you’re doing honest, good work even if they’re not watching you constantly.
And that’s a good thing, in my experience. Nobody wants to be micromanaged, right? So if you show integrity, it will be appreciated by a hiring manager who runs a relaxed workplace and values giving their team freedom.
I believe it’s actually a good sign if an employer asks what integrity means to you.
It’s a chance to show you’re an honest, upfront person who can be trusted to perform well in the position.
They’ve got enough applicants that they can afford to be picky and careful, and protect the wellbeing of the team/company.
So don’t just convince an employer that you’ll achieve amazing results on their team. Convince them that you have strong moral principles as well.
Who you are and how you approach your work
Employers want to get a better insight into who you really, how you approach your work, and if you understand what’s required for the job. Basically, the interviewers want to get the following questions answered:
Have you ever experienced a situation when you felt it was better to lie to someone?
You may be tempted to say that you’ve never experienced such a situation. Well, that’s the worst thing you can do at this point… First of all it won’t be honest (and for many employers honesty is almost the synonym of integrity). And secondly, admitting that you lied, or perhaps just considered a lie, for example to not hurt someone’s feelings, is much more powerful. Let me show you an example.
Frequently asked honesty and integrity job interview questions
Below you can find commonly asked interview questions about honesty and integrity.