The Best Job Interview Answer Ever. This Man Just Nailed It.


At a job interview, a man was asked for his response to a moral dilemma. You’ve probably come across many ethical dilemmas both large and small and how you deal with them may show how much of an ‘out-of-the-box’ type of thinker you are.

Out of 200 applicants, this guy was hired mainly because of his response to the moral dilemma presented to him at his interview. The question he was faced with went like this: ‘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 would you choose to offer a ride to, knowing that there could only be one passenger in your car?’

If you pick up the old lady who needs to go to the hospital you’ll miss your old friend and the man/woman of your dreams. If you pick up your old friend the old lady might die and you’ll miss out on the romance of a lifetime. If you pick up your dream lover the old lady might get sick and die and you’ll miss your old friend. How would you respond to this moral dilemma? How do you think this guy who stood out among 200 applicants replied?

His response was genius. He wrote that, ‘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.

Giving his car keys to his old friend to take the old lady to the hospital was a very unique response because it considered details that weren’t included in the facts presented. So with a little creative thinking he managed to have his cake and eat it too. His interviewers loved the way he thought out-of-the-box and he was offered the job out of 200 applicants.
The good news is that thinking outside-the-box isn’t necessarily a skill you’re born with. You can practice creative thinking on a regular basis and learn to think outside-the-box too if it’s not something you feel you’re great at.

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