Honesty is not always the best policy….

Last week.

Job interview.

Interview has gone well until:

Interviewer: So how would your friends describe you?

Boso: Honest, hardworking and friendly.

Interviewer: Honest? Do you realize that honesty can sometimes get you into trouble? Can you give an example when this has happened to you?

Boso gives a few examples. Intense questions about honesty.

Interviewer: So what would you have done differently, with the benefit of hindsight?

Boso: Well, maybe I could have been a bit economical with the truth, but I'm a terrible liar, so I don't bother with lying.

Next day.

Agency: "I'm sorry, but you didn't get the job. They said that your honesty was a big problem. As a customer support engineer, they need you to keep their customer's sweet, they feel you will tell them things as they are, and they don't want that."

So I've learnt a valuable lesson. Honesty is not always a good thing.


  1. Crazy stuff! Stick with your honesty, Boso!

  2. that's awful.i say stick with your honesty too!!

  3. Eeek, I think I'd like to know who it was you were trying to get a job with, not sure if I like the idea of their engineers being economical with the truth!

  4. Thanks guys. Was really shocking at the time, but I'm over it now. I think sticking with honesty is a good idea !!

    Purple: Unfortunately, I don't think I can name the company, don't want to get sued. All I'll say is that they claim to be the 4th largest software company in the world ;)

  5. Wow, sorry you didn't get the job Boso. That's a really silly reason. You just keep being honest, people will value you for that. I'll just remember never to ask you "do I look fat in this?" :D

  6. That's fair enough Boso, and I wasn't trying to get you to get yourself in to trouble, I hope you can see what I mean tho!

    There's a difference between diplomacy and honesty, I hope most companies understand what that difference is!

  7. What the heck is that about? Geesh, I hope I never deal with that company.
    Don't change who you are for any job. You wouldn't want to work for a company like that anyways. They sound like a bunch of crooks.
    Honesty is ALWAYS the best policy* :o)

    *the only exception is if you are asked panda's question... at which time you always reply No* ;o)

  8. Oh and I just noticed you quote for today:
    "Be who you are and be that well"
    That fit's perfectly with this entry :o)

  9. well ur better off bro..not working for those crooked and wicked dishonest bunch!:-) but still very funny hehe god..no wonder the world is messed up..rejected for being truthful and honest....sheesh!!!

  10. WOW!! That's awful of that company. It's a shame that they have a company policy that includes lying.

    As everyone else said- don't change who you are for any job. Honesty is always the way to go.

  11. Stuff that, never give up on your honesty for a job. I think you're well rid of them. Mind you, you should write back and say 'well your honesty didn't keep me happy, its really pi**ed me off'.

  12. Haha, that's crazy!! You're too good for them, if they wanted you to lie.

  13. Actually, if this is the company I think it is, they headhunted an acquaintance of mine based on his industry reputation, credibility, etc. and gave him a highly paid job in their consultancy division, all without ever actually having met him.
    When he turned up for work on the first day, he was discharged on the same day because he had a physical disability that wasn't in keeping with the image they wanted to project as a company. This was many years ago before some of the disability discrimination legislation was in place. He still managed to get a pretty penny out of them at a tribuneral however!

  14. Are they allowed to give that as a reason? Sounds like they are on dodgy ground to me..... why not see what you can find out?
    Surely they could have worded their request to you much better.
    Common sense we all use would be better being used here.

  15. Purple: Are you sure? If it is indeed the same company, then that would be very interesting indeed.

    Feathers: As it was a discussion on the phone with my recruitment agency, I'm sure they'll have some way of covering themselves.

  16. Boso, yes I'm positive it happened, some 15-20 years ago now I expect (he's a fair few years older than moi!)

    The company had a three letter acronym as their name... :)

  17. Diva's background policy says "Love me for who I am; not who you want me to be" - sounds like the software company would prefer you be whoever they want you to be! Next!

  18. Purple: No, we're not talking about the same company. In fact, I kinda suspect you're talking about my current employer ;)

    Nikki: So true !! Well spotted !!

  19. At least you didn't end up in a situation where you hated everything that was going on around you - maybe they did you a favour by not giving you the job...