What was your biggest temptation at your former job?
(Piqua, Ohio, USA)
I was applying for a job at Sears, and one of the questions that the interviewer asked me was, "What was your biggest temptation at your former job?".
It may not sound like that odd of a question, but I had no idea how to answer it. If I said something small, it would make me sound like I was easily tempted to do wrong, but if I said something big it would make me sound like a criminal.
In the end I just said I couldn't really think of anything specific, but I had often been trusted to count money and had never been tempted to steal it. I figured they were probably asking that question to find out if I could be trusted or not.
I'm not really sure what a good answer would be, I never did get hired for the job. If I was in that situation again I would probably say my biggest temptation was lying, because often times we had customers that were hard to deal with, and if they specifically asked you if they were being a pain, it was hard not to just say, "oh, no, it's no trouble at all", when in actuality they were being kind of a pain.
It's probably best just think ahead of something you would say that way you don't have to try to think of it on the spot.