Why Interviewers Ask
Hiring personnel do not expect applicants to compromise integrity. Reputable companies value public image and strive for positive press coverage, which includes avoiding unscrupulous practices. Consequently, employers prevent workers from experiencing potential conflicts of interest. Confidently state willingness to comply, as putting the interests of the company ahead of the individual shows business loyalty and normally does not lead to moral dilemmas. Candidates should remember extenuating circumstances generally stand as exceptions to the rule and largely do not need mentioned.
Ways To Respond
Interviewers often ask candidates about willingness to consider the interests of the company ahead of personal agendas. Respond with a simple answer, taking time to consider that unlikely scenarios where the employer would force workers to violate personal principles most often does not occur. Long-winded and indecisive answers disrupt the flow of the interview and makes respondents seem unsure about each response. The questioner typically just wants assurance of dedication to hard work. Loyalty-based questions warrant a quick and definitive answer in the affirmative, in most cases.
What To Do If You Feel Uncomfortable
If the idea of commitment to putting company interests first causes discomfort, some aspirants ask for specific examples of when the question would become applicable. Employees needing to work more hours than expected represents a common situation when the interests of the organization may need to come first. Tight deadlines may arise and force workers to spend extra time at the job. The company wants to know if the respondent would commit to making sure the business meets goals, even periodically at the expense of some personal time.