Motivations to Cheat Run Deeper Than Desires

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Despite the fact that brain dumps are unethical Web sites with real exam questions and/or answers that may violate the terms of one’s agreement with the certification vendor, 17.1 percent of Certification Magazine’s Salary Survey respondents said they found brain dumps very valuable or extremely valuable in their exam preparation. Considering that brain dump use has steadily increased over the years, is unethical business behavior—in general—on the rise as well?

 

Words like, lies, deceit, cheating and fraud have seemed to be all too common in our nation’s newspapers lately, and it seems that this kind of unethical behavior may be on the rise. According to a recent study conducted by the American Management Association, the leading causes of unethical business behavior today are pressures from management or the board of directors to meet unrealistic business objectives and deadlines, desires to further one’s career and desires to protect one’s livelihood. Other causes of unethical behavior included working in an environment with cynicism or diminished morale, and improper training or ignorance that the act was unethical.

 

The motivations behind using brain dumps are probably quite similar to the causes of unethical business behavior. For example, because many employers are requiring employees to earn certifications and often under strict time constraints, the pressure to obtain them may be a motivation for professionals to use brain dumps. Although brain dumps may help professionals pass certification exams and obtain certifications quickly, it is critical to remember the consequences of these unethical Web sites. Such sites lower the credibility and value of certifications and often mislead potential test-takers. Remember, you are essentially buying stolen property, and if you are not truly qualified to pass an exam in the first place, you are not likely to last very long on the job. So really, what’s the point?

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