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Company policy: An employee of our company must be impartial, particularly when dealing with family matters. This obligation extends to all aspects of the job, including hiring and firing practices and the quality of service the employee provides customers.

Which one of the following employee behaviors most clearly violates the company policy cited above?


A. Refusing to hire any of one’s five siblings, even though they are each more qualified than any other applicant
B. Receiving over 100 complaints about the service one’s office provides and sending a complimentary product to all those who complain, including one’s mother
C. Never firing a family member, even though three of one’s siblings work under one’s supervision and authority
D. Repeatedly refusing to advance an employee, claiming that he has sometimes skipped work and that his work has been sloppy, even though no such instances have occurred for over two years
E. Promoting a family member over another employee in the company

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Company policy: An employee of our company must be impartial, particularly when dealing with family matters. This obligation extends to all aspects of the job, including hiring and firing practices and the quality of service the employee provides customers.

Which one of the following employee behaviors most clearly violates the company policy cited above?


A. Refusing to hire any of one’s five siblings, even though they are each more qualified than any other applicant
B. Receiving over 100 complaints about the service one’s office provides and sending a complimentary product to all those who complain, including one’s mother
C. Never firing a family member, even though three of one’s siblings work under one’s supervision and authority
D. Repeatedly refusing to advance an employee, claiming that he has sometimes skipped work and that his work has been sloppy, even though no such instances have occurred for over two years
E. Promoting a family member over another employee in the company

When you read about impartiality in the workplace and family members, you automatically think about nepotism. You think that the correct answer must be something that relates to unfair bias toward a family member, because that is what your mind expects. But when you read through the answer choices, the only one that must violate the policy is the opposite of what you expect: Given the defined policy in the stimulus, if you do not hire one of your siblings and they are each more qualified than ANY OTHER APPLICANT, then that is necessarily unfair. While you might first be drawn to answer choice C or E, you do not know if those actions are unfair.
In answer choice C, for example, the family members may never have done anything that would prompt a firing.

And the family member in choice E might have fully deserved a promotion.

Only choice A, the correct answer, supplies a case that violates the rule. It just so happens, however, that that case is the one you wouldn’t expect to be a problem. You expect for the rule to champion anti-nepotism, and the author of this question uses that tendency against you.


Answer: A
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Hello,

The reason for which answer options C and E are eliminated can be used to eliminate option A as well. For example, despite being over qualified, the candidate might have some behavioral issues.

Can anyone please explain why answer option A was not seen from the point of view given above?

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The reason for which answer options C and E are eliminated can be used to eliminate option A as well. For example, despite being over qualified, the candidate might have some behavioral issues.

Can anyone please explain why answer option A was not seen from the point of view given above?

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I do agree with Akash. I also eliminated choice A almost on same reason. Besides behavioral issues, one candidate may perform poorly in interview despite having great qualifications. So my point is, as per choice A, we cannot assume that the elimination of one candidate was biased.

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AkashKashyap wrote:
Hello,

The reason for which answer options C and E are eliminated can be used to eliminate option A as well. For example, despite being over qualified, the candidate might have some behavioral issues.

Can anyone please explain why answer option A was not seen from the point of view given above?

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I do agree with Akash. I also eliminated choice A almost on same reason. Besides behavioral issues, one candidate may perform poorly in interview despite having great qualifications. So my point is, as per choice A, we cannot assume that the elimination of one candidate was biased.

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Here the meaning implied is that the siblings are more competent than the other candidates for the job - being qualified does not necessarily mean just having academic degrees, it may as well mean being competent.

The explanation given for elimination of C and E seems sufficient and does not apply for option A for the reason stated above.
(Note: C and E indicates favouring the family members and option A indicates opposing - there is no indication that option C and E are unfairly favouring, whereas there is indication that option A is unfairly opposing)
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New post 25 Oct 2017, 23:34
I think this is a high-quality question and I agree with explanation.
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New post 13 Dec 2017, 12:43
Even I interpreted option A the way Akash and Aruna had interpreted. If majority of the people are interpreting this question this way, then it might be helpful to re-word this option to indicate that "qualified" includes "skill" and "attitude/behavior/will".

Many the job interviews/screening test the applicant's skills, but are unable to test the attitude/behavior/will of the applicant. Although some interviewers may ask tricky questions to test these areas, some applicants may be smarter with their response to indicate positive attitude/behavior/will, even if they really not possess.

If the final interviewer personally knows an applicant to be having poor attitude/behavior/will, he may want to reject him on such grounds, even if the initial interviewer may have tagged him "more qualified". Such a case will not be considered as a partiality.

Rejecting option A, I then marked option D as the answer. What is wrong with D?
Refusing repeatedly to advance an employee citing reasons that has not occurred for over 2 years?

Advancements (e.g. promotion) is carried out keeping mainly 3 things in mind... current year's performance, consistency in performance over the past 2-3 years (let's say consistent above average performance (A rating) is needed in last 3 years), and of course current years budget. Lets say an employee had sometimes skipped work and that his work was sloppy more than 2 years ago, that would have reflected in his performance cycle for that year. He may have been rated poorly (say C) that year. So one reason for refusing advancement consistently after that could be: "inconsistent performer over last 2-3 years". This means his performance rating C will be cited as reason to refuse advancement. No one is going to cite the reason why he got C rating more than 2 yrs ago. No one may actually remember that reason. Besides, his manager may have also got changed by now since its been more than 2 years.

So D seems to give an indication of some sort of bias or partiality.
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Hi,
What's the problem with D? On what basis did we reject it.
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Agree - why is D rejected? D clearly shows non-impartial behaviour, whereas for A it could be that there were no positions available to hire anyone

Good question but D needs to be replaced with some other option
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New post 27 Mar 2018, 21:09
Another vote for D. Answer explanation should point out why this option is rejected.
Although I agree A should be correct,but why is D wrong??
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New post 03 Aug 2018, 06:13
Option D is wrong because D doesn't apply to only family matters. The reason could be jealously, revenge, etc. And here in the argument the policy is stating only about the impartiality towards family matter.
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