This is a simple virtue, yet one of the most important fundamentals on which a working relationship would be defined.
My view on honesty is specific. More after jump
Interviews are nothing more than a frank assessment of whether both of us will suit each other. From my perspective, I am asking myself questions like
- ‘Will this person fit within our culture and sense of ethics?’
- ‘Does this person believe in the same sense of ideals that the company stands and strives for?’
- ‘How far will he be willing to push himself to ensure the success of the team? What reward will he feel is just for that effort?’
- ‘If the person has different values from the company’s, will these new values will be a positive addition and influence on the team?’
- ‘What is the liklihood of this person posing problems for the team?’
Honesty in the interview process is essential to make sure that the company and employee see long-term success with each other. Scripted answers to questions such as ‘Where do you see yourself in 5 years?’ can result in short-term gains (i.e. getting the job) but will inevitably cause dissent within the team you work with.
It is better to be honest during the interview, and if not accepted just take it to mean that you will be a better fit in other environments.
After you are hired, honesty plays a major role in ensuring information is not lost within communications, and to ensure that the costs of hierarchy and organization are reduced. Playing up the facts for management will again result in short-term gains but long-term losses to the entire company through snowballing effects of the facts ignored. Being candid, honest and constructive about risks and concerns early help the team respond much quicker.
Honestly is a two-way street, however, and the team/company should know precisely how to receive and react to the honesty. From my perspective, I would appreciate an employee a lot more if he was open about mistakes or issues early, along with a handful of ideas of resolution, rather than the one who always has good news to report.