Hereâ€™s an interview question that provides a window into the soul:Â Describe an ethical dilemma that you have faced (in your life, your last job) and explain how you resolved it.Â If your interviewee struggles to come up with one, well, trouble may lie ahead.Â That blank look and stymied expression could be the result of any of the following:
Â The â€œethics thingâ€ is not a high priority
- The â€œethics thingâ€ is not all that clear to them
- The â€œethics thingâ€ is not all that important to them
- They may not be a very thoughtful or reflective person
- You caught them off guard, but see the first four bullet points
Â Whatever the reason, what a question! One executive shared recently that he interviewed 18 candidates for a position and only one was able to respond with an example of an ethical dilemma that he had faced in his career.Â Oh, the insight he gained from that one example.
Â The Barometer has always used the question.Â In interviewing graduate students for position, the Barometer sprung the question.Â Here was one response:
Â â€œI was a TA [teaching assistant] for a science class during my senior year in college.Â A really hot freshman offered me [all kinds of things] [this is a family/EEOC-compliant site, so the Barometer has edited mightily] for an â€œAâ€ in the class.Â It was REALLY hard, but I turned her down.â€
Â Enough said.Â He got the job.Â Probably the best GA (graduate assistant) the Barometer ever had.