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Honesty is highly valued in many aspects of human life: relationships, friendships, partnerships, and employment, to name a few. In order to have work, a person usually has to go through an interview prior to starting their job. As most know, there are a series of questions that the interviewer asks you during the screening and hiring process. It may be tempting to stretch or embellish the truth on your strengths or knowledge on any given topic in order to look more promising, but it’s always in your best interest to be honest.

Honesty is integral to your success in the workplace. If you are being asked to describe how you might handle any given situation or task and you say the answer you assume the employer wants to hear, they will assume that that’s how you really are. In the short term you will most likely get hired for the position, but ultimately if you can’t fulfill what the employer is asking of you then the position is likely not to last long. For example, if you’re told that to be successful in a job you need to be a team player and share tasks with your other team members, but in reality you work best independently, that fact might be to your detriment. Another instance could be having to juggle multiple deadlines in your position, something that’s fairly easy for a person that is excellent at multitasking. If you portray yourself as such when in fact you are a notorious procrastinator, you may be in a situation that is bound to spiral out of control. Whatever the reason, it is truly best to be completely honest with your potential employer about what you’re capable of as their employee. Chances are they’re aware that you can’t fit every requirement, and will be appreciative of your abilities and talent, provided you tell them the truth. Alternatively, if you don’t get the job because the employer deemed you weren’t the best fit, that allows you space to seek out even better opportunities. Telling the truth is a win-win situation!

If you want to learn more about honesty in the workplace, check out this resource I came across. As always, be sure to check out our informative Digital Tip on this topic, too. Until next time, I hope that everyone enjoys the increasing daylight. See you in March!  

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