A job interview is meant to learn who you are as a person just as much as it is to learn about who you are as an employee. Therefore, you might be asked something along the lines of: “If you found out your company was doing something against the law, like fraud, what would you do”
This question is asked to see if you are an ethical person. Many applicants might be tempted to say that they would not do anything and continue letting the illegal things happening because they do not want to come across as someone who would jeopardize the well-being of the company. However, you need to show that you have a moral compass and will act on it if required.
Points to Emphasize
Being asked this does not necessarily mean that something illegal is going on with the company you are applying for, and you should follow these points when answering.
- Talk about how you would gather all the information first
- Be truthful
- Show your morality
- Say you would offer your help to rectify the situation
Getting caught in something illegal can seriously jeopardize your future job prospects, so do not be afraid to say that you would leave a company that was engaged in something against the law.
Mistakes You Should Avoid
You should look out for these common traps when answering this inquiry.
- Avoid saying that you wouldn’t do anything
- Don’t make it seem like you’re a whistleblower either
- Don’t avoid answering the question
- Don’t ask the interviewer if the company is involved with illegal activities
Like many interview questions, this particular inquest is meant to gather information about applicants other than what appears on the surface level. You want your answer to come across as though you are acting in the best interest of yourself and the company.
Answering this hypothetical question should go something like:
It’s difficult to say. First, I would gather all the information I needed so that I could be certain whether or not the company was actually doing something illegal. If it turns out it was, I would offer my concerns to my superiors to try to find a way for the business to operate legally. If the illegal practices continued, then I think I would leave the company since I’m looking for a career that’s in line with my ethics and morals.
Saying you would leave the company may seem counterintuitive to getting the job, but in this situation, you need to show that you are an employee with your own agency and are willing to stand up for what you believe in.