I was actually asked this question by my mum the other day. She had found £20 on the floor as she did the weekly shop and handed it in to the cashier. But it set me wondering if it would be a good question for recruiters.
You may think that my mum is the honest sort, and as it happens she is. But what if she had kept the £20? Would that make her dishonest, untrustworthy and unemployable? Would you have marked her down in an interview?
We make the assumption that if there is £20 on the floor it’s been lost. That is the most likely scenario but what if someone had just won the lottery, purposefully left the £20 on the floor to give someone a boost and a surprise. The supermarket in question was a very low budget one so this is a possibility. What if we assume the good Samaritan did leave it there on purpose. What’s the take now?
If you want to know what a person is likely to do in the future ask them to describe a similar scenario in their past. Previous performance is a very good indicator of future performance.