UN-ethical Question by Female Anchor interview Kamran Akmal
In partnership with the Rock Ethics Institute, Penn State Today’s feature column, “Ask an Ethicist,” aims to shed light on ethical questions from our readers. Each article in this column will feature a different ethical question answered by a Penn State ethicist. We invite you to ask a question by filling out and submitting this form. An archive of the columns can be found on the Rock Ethics Institute website.
Question: Is it unethical for students to seek out or become informed of interview questions from a friend who interviewed with the same company or organization that they intend to also interview with? The sometimes anxiety-provoking interview can cause some students to try and hunt down every interview question they’ll be asked, and while it may seem helpful to do so, is it truly worthwhile? Does it create more hindrances than advantages?
An ethicist responds: When it comes to getting a job, some believe the most difficult part is getting an interview. For others, the interview is the part they dread the most and understandably so! Interviews can seem and be intimidating. So much so that a lot of people go through great lengths to make sure they’ll give the “perfect” interview, in hopes of obtaining that all-so-desired spot at a company or organization.