Two young engineers applied for a single position at a
computer company. They both had the same
qualifications. In order to determine which individual
to hire, the applicants were asked to take a test by
the Department manager.
Upon completion of the test, both men missed only one
of the questions. The manager went to the first
applicant and said, Thank you for your interest, but
weve decided to give the job to the other applicant.
And why would you be doing that? We both got 9
questions correct, asked the rejected applicant.
We have based our decision not on the correct answers,
but on the question you missed, said the Department
And just how would one incorrect answer be better than
the other? the rejected applicant inquired.
Simple, said the Department manager, Your fellow
applicant put down on question #5, I dont know. You
put down, Neither do I.