Topic: Case study
7. Mr. X worked in the human resources department that was interviewing applicants for a top job in a widget company. After reading many applications, one stood out way ahead of the others. Then he realized that he knew the applicant, Mr. Y. They had hung out together when they were teenagers. Mr. Y had been a wild kid and once was arrested for shoplifting and the possession of drugs. Mr. Y had completed mandatory counseling and, as far as Mr. X knew, Mr. Y had straightened out his life and had done well during the last twenty years. Mr. Y hadn’t indicated in his application that he had once been arrested and Mr. X feared that the company would never hire someone with a police record, no matter how minor or how long ago the offence was. Do you favor Mr. X revealing the information? (250 words)
Why this question:
The case study is based on the principle of Integrity.
Key demand of the question:
Explain the nuances of the case first, explain the possible approached that one can take and justify your stance with suitable ethical backing.
Structure of the answer:
In short explain the demand of the case study.
Identify the ethical questions involved in the case study first.
Explain what are the possible approaches that are available to resolve the situation.
Explain that global ethics and professional standards demand one to always act with integrity.
Being open and transparent are key to ethics at work.
So Mr. X need to tell the company and let them decide what is the best for
Company’s interest. Moreover, in above case Mr. Y has already committed a crime by not disclosing all the information to company regarding his arrest or conviction so this also need to be taken into account where it is reflected that above person in future could distort the facts for his benefit.
Explain what the concerns are if he holds the information and doesn’t call out for it.
Suggest a suitable middle path and conclude with a balanced solution.