Job Interviews – The Toughest Question

We’ve added a bunch (well 6) new staff to the Infiniti Team over the past few weeks; and the thing that I always find interesting is the ‘job interview process’.

Now I am not a big fan of the time these things take, but it is a good review of human nature.

Anyway, we always enjoying throwing in a tricky question or three…

Job InterviewI got this one via email from my best mate today and I must say… it’s a good one… so make sure you play along at home…

You are driving down the road in your BMW sports car on a wild, stormy night, when you pass by a bus stop and you see three people waiting for the bus:

1. An old lady who looks as if she is about to die.

2. An old friend who once saved your life.

3. The perfect partner you have been dreaming about.

Which one would you choose to offer a ride to, knowing that there could only be one passenger in your BMW? Think before you continue reading.

You could pick up the old lady, because she is going to die, and thus you should 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.

The Greatest Answer…

The candidate who was hired (out of 200 applicants) had no trouble coming up with his answer.

He simply answered: ‘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 partner of my dreams.’

Sometimes, we gain more if we are able to give up our stubborn thought limitations; and never forget to ‘Think Outside of the Box.’

Now just like all good viral emails… the obvious ‘suggested’ response, was to run the old lady over and put her out of her misery, have magical sex with the perfect partner on the hood of the car, then drive off with the old friend for a few beers – but it just doesn’t seem to have the ‘punch’ I’d want in a team member.

  • Andrew

    Interviews make me laugh. Many times the interviewer has never interviewed before. Both the interviewer and candidate are as nervous as each other.

    As an interviewer on occasion, I’ve found it really useful to look at a person’s interests. Often they will list reading etc., as an interest. Ask them what was the last book that you read, tell me about it?

    So many seem to fall over at such a simple question. Also the 12+ questions known as Meta Programs are great and so subtle too.

    Happy Travels


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