The Test I Cheated On

Six of us worked in the warehouse at the Telephone Company. We coded everything and rarely had to search for any of the inventory. We used forklifts and stackers to move inventory as it arrived and as we filled orders. Talk about a fun job, this was it. We worked as a team, joked, laughed, and became good friends.

The company would publish brochures, assessments, training manuals and books for the company’s employees. On breaks, we would read and study that stuff. Sometimes we would look for typos, misspelled words, and things that were of interest to us. Our boss Leo kept us in line and busy. In the rare occasion we were not filling orders, Leo would have us clean and straighten up the warehouse.

As much as I loved the working there, I wanted to work in the central-office switch-room to learn telephony electronics. I finally had enough time in to bid on a central-office job opening. To get the job I was required to successfully take a test and survive two interviews. The interviews went very well, but I became a little anxious as I sat down to take the test.

This test looked very familiar. it is one of the tests we stocked in the warehouse. All six warehouse workers had memorized the questions and answers to all the tests we stocked. It made us feel smarter. I completed that test in record time and answered all the questions correctly. The person giving me the test said they had never had anyone complete the test so rapidly and without error.

I had to tell them I had an unfair advantage. Technically, I did not have to tell them, but I knew it was the right thing to do, so I did. The supervisors did not know what to do. Should they disqualify me or promote me? That became the question.

Because of my honesty, they decided to give me the job. I was extremely happy. I had not wavered on my core values. Over the next few years, I continued to be promoted at the telephone company. Then, I landed my dream job, and it was only because I had told the truth.

They are called “Core Values” because they are deep rooted beliefs with tremendous value.”

By Bill Fix

The People Pastor

Published by People Pastor Dr. Bill Fix

Bill Fix loves people as he lives a fulfilling life. He has written several books and has continued to minister as "The People Pastor" since his retirement as a Lead Pastor. His most incredible thrill is witnessing people excel in their spiritual life. He was a Lead Pastor for thirty-seven years and has equipped hundreds of people to do various ministries in their church and community. Currently, he is a Director on the Board at Community Care Services and is a member of The Taylor Substance Abuse Prevention Task Force. Pastor Bill and his faithful wife Dottie recently celebrated fifty years of marriage. They have two adult daughters married to Godly men, four grandchildren, and are looking forward to being Great Grandparents. Pastor Bill and Dottie are blessed. Pastor Bill Fix began his pastoral career as a children's pastor and has written several children's books. He gives his parents credit for grounding him with principles and truths about life. He knows what good parenting is. His book New Dad Genius is for new dads. Pastor Bill and his entire family have performed illusion programs for hundreds of audiences in and outside the church as a hobby and ministry. He has used ventriloquism, puppetry, art, comedy and more to illustrate a message and put smiles on faces. The People Pastor Bill Fix has a ThD, enjoys education, and has many hobbies like writing, fishing, and spending time with family and friends. This author is a popular officiant at weddings, funerals, home dedications, and other pastoral services. He desires to be a blessing as he lives out Matthew 5:16, his life verse. His books reflect who Pastor Bill is and what he believes.

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