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Objectivist job interviews (re: honesty)

Chris L.
Allen, TX
Post #: 10
In another thread, I asked about interview questions that a manager could ask to help determine a candidate's adherence to the Objectivist virtue of rationality. That thread is at:­.

Now, I'm turning to honesty. You might check out http://aynrandlexicon...­ on the subject.

The part that appeals to me enormously about Rand's take on honesty is that lying to oneself is at least as bad as lying to someone else. That seems really important in a business context, where people constantly do things like:

  • lie to themselves so as to avoid a confrontation with a co-worker
  • lie to themselves to avoid having to tell bad news to the boss
  • lie to themselves about the value they are adding (i.e. failing to add) for their employer

So, I thought I would try to formulate an open-ended question that asks about honesty. I asked:
When is it appropriate to lie?

I got really good answers to this one. Things like "It's OK to tell little white lies." "It's OK to tell lies if it doesn't hurt the other person." And so on.

Based on comments on the other thread, one could make the following changes to this question. First, it would probably be better to ask:
Is it appropriate to lie? If so, when?

Second, it is better to ask someone about their experiences. So, it might be better to ask something like:
Is it appropriate to lie? If so, tell me about times when it was appropriate for you to lie on the job, whether you did, and how that turned out.

This is a pretty direct question, though. What other questions would you ask?

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