Job interviews often have routine questions. They ask, “Why are you applying for this position?” or “Where do you see yourself five years from now?” and so on.
However, one company reportedly ditched the traditional queries and decided to let the applicants deal with a far more interesting question.
Curious about the out-of-the-box interview question? It comes with an elaborate setting that spawns a moral dilemma.
The unexpected question didn't rattle him.
Read the story below and then answer the question it presents.
You are driving along in your car on a wild, stormy night. 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 man or woman you have been dreaming about.
Which one of them would you choose to offer a ride to knowing that there could only be one passenger in your car.
You could pick the old lady, because she is going to die, and this 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 dream lover.
There were 200 candidates who were asked to deal with this out-of-the-box interview question. Only one man gave a genuinely awesome answer.
This was the guy’s answer:
I would give the car keys to my friend, and ask him to take the old lady to the hospital. I would stay behind and wait for the bus with the woman of my dreams.
Smart strategy: He let go of one thing to get everything.
It goes without saying that the astute reply led to the guy getting hired for the job. That means he may have been the only candidate who dared to think of a creative solution to the problematic scenario. His quick thinking should remind the rest of us that we should not stop looking for alternatives that can bring favorable results for all parties concerned.
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