Trick Job Interview Question

This is supposedly a real question asked in job interviews to find creative thinkers. Before looking at the answer, decide how you would respond.

You are driving down the road in your two-seater sportscar on a wild, stormy night, when you pass by a bus stop bench and you see three people stranded in the storm waiting for the bus. All three are in immediate danger because of the ferocious weather. They include:

  1. An old lady who, in your expert opinion, will die without quick medical attention.
  2. An old friend who once saved your life.
  3. The perfect woman you have always dreamed about, and has "that look" on her face like you're her perfect match too.

Here's the question:

Which one would you choose to offer a ride to, knowing that there could only be one passenger in your car?

You could pick up the old lady, because she is near death, and thus save her first. Or you could take the old friend because he once saved your life, and this would be the perfect chance to pay him back. However, you may never be able to find your perfect mate again. Or, you could just pretend you didn't see any of them, and drive on past ...which will convince the job interviewer that you're a psychopath, and you'll never get a job again.

Think before you continue reading. Which will you choose?

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The Smartest Man in the World was asked this question in a job interview, and he quickly came up with his answer: "I would give the car keys to my old friend and let him take the lady to the hospital. I would stay behind and wait for the bus with the woman of my dreams."

Sometimes, we gain more if we are able to give up our stubborn thought limitations.

Never forget to "Think Outside of the Box"!

However, he didn't get the job! Because the correct answer is to run the old lady over to put her out of her misery since Medicare won't pay for her hospital visit anyway, have sex with the perfect woman on the hood of the car, then drive off with your old friend for a few beers.

After all, the job interviewer is a man.

Posted January 18, 2012

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