Honest vs. Correct

Where do you see yourself in five years?

The honest answer might be that you don’t know. The correct answer is to say what the interviewer wishes to hear.

How do you like this idea?

The honest answer might be that you think your boss’s idea is terrible. The correct response might be to say it is a great idea and challenge its margins at best.

Why don’t you come drinking with us tonight?

The honest answer might be that you would rather be in a medieval torture chamber than go drinking with your colleagues. The correct answer might be to drown yourself in alcohol and laugh at your boss’s misogynistic jokes.

Honesty is a reflection of who we truly are, whereas correctness is how a particular environment or context conditions us into behaving.

If you find yourself in a job where honesty and correctness are often at odds, get out.

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