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Managers and HR professionals have a tough role to play during the hiring process. As you meet job seekers, you need to determine from the brief interviews who would be the best fit for your business. Everyone’s trying to put their best foot forward in these interviews, so it can often be hard to get a true picture of whether a candidate is going to be a good employee once hired.

There are a lot of different factors to look at when choosing a candidate who will be a positive addition to your staff. One of the most important traits, however, is honesty. You need an honest employee both so you’ll know what they can actually do after the interview and so you can trust the worker to do the right thing when performing work for your organization.  Behavioral interview questions can help you to assess a candidate’s levels of honesty and help you to find out if you’re hiring someone can be trusted in your workplace … or not.

You can screen for honesty in interviews by:

  • Asking the right behavioral questions.

Ask the candidate to tell you about a time when they did the right thing and lost out because of it. Alternatively, ask if they have ever challenged the status quo to do something they thought was right. You can also ask hypothetical behavioral questions like, “What would you do if you saw a co-worker breaking the rules or doing something wrong?”

  • Incorporating integrity questions late in the interview process.

You’ll have ideally built a rapport with the job seeker by this time, so they will be more likely to let their guard down and answer questions honestly. 

  • Listening carefully to answers and responding with empathy.

Assess the answers to behavioral questions carefully to see if they seem rehearsed or genuine. Ask about the situation to see if they can easily tell you where and when it happened. Answer with empathy, putting yourself in the worker’s shoes, and then get them to expand if you feel you need more information. When you make the job seeker feel you’re on the same page, they may let their guard down more and provide even more insight into whether they’re being honest or not.

These are just a few of the different ways you can try to find honest staff members. When you work with Spectra360, you can trust that we’ve vetted candidates to help you find employees with integrity and a strong work ethic. Find out more about how our services can help you to hire honest help who will be an asset to your business: https://spectra360.com/contact