Some co-workers were discussing an interview question that one of their wives received recently while interviewing for a new job. I am curious how this group feels about it:
Please tell us about a time when you lied and do you think you got away with it.
Most of the discussion was that the group thought it was a bad question. Some people were recommending some smart-alecky answers like, "That is a nice tie you have on."
I thought there could be merit in a question like this. First it is a negative question looking to catch an unexpected candidate in a web of lying.
When I started looking at it from the hiring manager's perspective I can see a job where honesty, even when uncomfortable, is needed. It was a nursing job. Something like admiting you made a mistake in a treatment could save someone's life where lying to cover for your mistake could kill someone. In this case I think it would be important to ask this type of question.
I think you have to ask it with both parts. I would expect most people have lied about something. If you don't think you got away with it, you're discoraged from doing it again. Also being able to admit it in an interview is an open honesty which some jobs require.
How do you feel about this interview question?