(Closed) Interview question – "Most unethical thing you've ever done"

posted 4 years ago in Career
Post # 2
4238 posts
Honey bee


“In a workplace?”







Post # 3
1580 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2016



Wow! That is a double edged question right there. If you’re honest and you say what you’ve done, you look bad. And if you try to soften the blow and answer with something that’s not really unethical, they think you’re lying! That would be really hard!

I’ll have to think about this and come back to see what others answered.

Post # 6
2178 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

Honestly I guess taking home a row of staples or using the Internet at work for Facebook etc? I suppose if you wanted to really get down to it one time I bought my husband a Starbucks (along with coffee/treats for the customer) when he was traveling with me to a work appointment (we were leaving straight for vacation from there and he just hung out in the car while I was in with my client) is sort of “stealing”


if I was asked that I think that I would avoid the question and say something like oh that is a tough one I can’t really think of much off the top of my head so I will have to get back to you 

Post # 7
289 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2016

“I farted in an elevator and blamed it on a war veteran. I’d like to apologize to that woman.”

-The Campaign

lol only thing I could think of that was unethical at the time!

As for a serious interview, I would probably state something like, “I saw my executive spending company money on personal items, but didn’t report it because I didn’t want to lose my job. Instead, I started looking elsewhere for employment. I didn’t want to be the whistleblower in the company and potentially ruin mine and my familys’ livlihood.”?

Post # 8
3092 posts
Sugar bee

What a question and I would probably say something like, ‘I tell white lies to my kids all the time.’  I mean, HOW the hell does one answer this? I damn sure am not going to tell a stranger who I am on an interview with the truth about this – sorry, no way. And, I know that no matter how you answer, they will judge the hell out of you no matter what.

Post # 10
2853 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2016

Holy crap thats an awful interview question!! And I thought “whats your greatest weakness?” was bad!

Post # 11
4238 posts
Honey bee


Nope. Not a fair question. I would ask if they want to discuss business ethics, integrity, workmanship. 

For example, my ethics about eating meat has no bearing on my place of employ even if I’m interviewing with McDonald’s. I’d expect to be tossed from the room if I’ve applied to their marketing dept., though.



Post # 13
2969 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2015

I buy eggs that aren’t free-range?

Post # 14
544 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2017 - Not sure

Um… If this is for a job interview question, it’s seriously not legal to ask this question… I’d probably say that if it were me to be honest… 

  • This reply was modified 4 years ago by  serenitysky.
Post # 15
1054 posts
Bumble bee

I would probably say something along the lines of “I’m not sure what the answer to that would be. I always try to act with integrity in both the workplace and in my personal life. Good ethics are so important and I hope it’s important to your company as well, because I’m looking for a position that aligns with my values.” Which is completely skirting around the question but I don’t think the question is very fair. 

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