- 4 years ago
I’m taking an Ethics class at night right now and “WOW” that question is probably the hardest inverview question I’ve ever heard!
In class we’ve talked about how Ethics are situational and often are decisions between win-win or lose-lose; we normally have to pick the best of the bad outcomes or the best of the good outcomes.
One example I talked about in class was having to help close a manufacturing plant at work; these people were my collegues and friends, but I couldn’t tell them the plant closure was coming. The plant workers knew something was odd and I was even asked point-blank a couple of times if the plant was closing (“just be honest with me so I can start saving to get through unemployment” or “just me honest with me so I can curb my children’s expectations for Christmas” – really heavy stuff.)
I had to lie, it was aweful. I said I hadn’t heard anything about it. I was threatened with losing my job if a leak got back to me and there are always other consequences to consider. (e.g. Damage to company property or theft of proprietary information would harm countless shareholders.) I was awake several nights with a sick feeling in my stomach. It was a choice I had to make between bad and worse; I hated it.