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The Ethics Coach on the Secret to Hiring Honest Employees

This story appears in the October 2014 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe »

Q: I don't have the resources for the personality tests that big companies use to weed out dishonest job applicants. Since references generally leave out negative information about candidates, what's the best way to be sure we're hiring honest and ethical people?

A: The smartest thing any business can do is involve a mix of its best employees in the interview process. They'll bring the perspective of high standards and effectiveness, and are likely to look for the same traits in potential candidates. In smaller businesses, where employees are often stretched, everyone has a stake in seeing that excellent candidates are hired.

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