Marketing professor publishes ethics guide for job interviews

Author: Mary Hamann &Dennis Brown


Recent research shows that only one in 20 corporate recruiters includes ethics inquiries when interviewing job candidates.

In addition, recruiters report that a rising number of job applicants act unethically during the interview process, such as embellishing a résumé or reneging on a job offer.

Patrick Murphy, professor of marketing and co-director of the Institute for Ethical Business Worldwide at the University of Notre Dame, has written a brief guide on ethics for the recruitment process to inform job seekers and recruiters. The guide covers the benefits of ethical work environments, includes sample questions which recruiters and job seekers can pose during an interview, and lists unethical behaviors to be avoided.

This guide will be widely used and valued by our organization in its recruiting efforts,said Harold Tinkler, chief ethics and compliance officer for Deloitte&Touche USA.The clear, simple and professional approach for providing guidelines to both interviewers and interviewees will help us to more fully integrate ethical considerations into the interview process.

The two-sided guide will be distributed to Notre Dame students as well as to recruiters through college and university career centers. It also is available online at and will be distributed more widely by the projects co-sponsors, the fellows program of theEthicsResourceCenterand the Business Roundtable Institute for Corporate Ethics.

Founded in 1922 and based inWashington,D.C., theEthicsResourceCenteris a non-profit organization dedicated to the advancement of organizational ethics through research and the measurement of ethics and compliance programs in corporations.

The Business Roundtable Institute for Corporate Ethics is an independent entityestablished in partnership with Business Roundtable – an association of 160 chief executive officers from leading companies. Based inCharlottesville,Va., the institute brings together leaders from business and academics to fulfill its mission to enhance the link between ethical behavior and business practice through executive education programs, practitioner-focused research, and outreach.

Notre Dame’s Institute for Ethical Business Worldwide, founded in 2001, brings business leaders to campus, holds an annual ethical dimensions in research conference, and encourages dialogue among students, faculty, alumni and business executives to promote ethical business behavior.

_ Contact: Patrick Murphy, C.R. Smith Co-Director of the Institute for Ethical Business Worldwide, at 574-631-9092 or

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