The job interview answer that rules them all…

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A candidate’s clever answer to this moral and ethical dilemma helped them to stand out from a crowd of several hundred job-hunters, or so the story goes.
 
The scenario begins on a dark and stormy night. You’re driving along in your car when you pass by a bus stop, where you see three people waiting for the bus:
 
1. An old lady who looks as if she has sustained life-threatening injuries and is about to die.
2. A dear old friend who once saved your life.
3. The man or woman of your dreams.
 
Knowing that you only have room for one passenger in your car, which one would you choose to offer a ride to?
 
Think carefully before you answer – there’s much to weigh up.
 
You could pick up the old lady, because she is on death’s door and her situation is urgent, this you should give her you immediate attention.
 
Or you could pick up your old friend because they once saved your life, and this would be the perfect chance to pay him back.
 
Of course, you may never be able to find your perfect match again, so no one could begrude you for picking up the man or woman of your dreams.
 
Have you worked out your answer?
 
Odds are, it is not as good as the answer the job candidate supposedly provided – giving him the edge over 200 other applicants and nabbing him the job.
 
He simply answered: “I would give my car keys to my old friend, and let him take the old lady to the hospital for immediate treatment. I would then stay behind and wait for the bus with the woman of my dreams.
 
Moral of the story? Never forget to think outside the box.
  • Don on 2014-04-08 9:51:07 AM

    This is an example of failure to follow instructions. The question was, “Which one would you choose to offer a ride to?” That limits the course of action to only ONE option. Anything is possible when you ignore reality and change the rules. Entertaining response but the interviewer let himself get conned.

  • Larry on 2014-04-08 12:44:59 PM

    If we are going to argue semantic technicalities, I have to disagree with Don. The candidate did in fact indicate he would offer a ride to only one of the three. The question does not exclude his recruitment of his friend to replace him as driver.

    Even if one were to accept that he didn't technically follow instructions to the letter, he found a way he might solve the most urgent problem and at least mitigate the other two. That's the kind of intelligence and initiative I would like to see in anyone working in a customer service position.

  • BBCOO on 2014-04-11 6:43:08 PM

    This is too simple... can't believe only one in 200 would answer this way. This solution comes to mind immediately upon reading the scenario (without having first viewed the rest of the article). In my mind it is the only logical solution. No dilemma at all.

  • Neil on 2014-05-01 1:35:24 PM

    The answer given is a brilliant one, so long as the person being interviewed is single. While I know marital status is a protected ground and not something to be discussed in an interview, it is fun to see how the analysis of the answer would change if the candidate were married. Now, the candidate is imposing on his/her friend and clearing out any witnesses to a marital infidelity. Is that the kind of employee you want to hire? An interesting thought to ponder for fun at least.

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