What would you do?

Yes, interviewing questions are getting more and more interesting as employers want to know — How do you think?  Here’s one:

You are driving along on a wild, cold, stormy night in your Mercedes 500SL. You pass by a deserted bus stop,and you see three people waiting for the bus:

1. An old lady who desperately needs to get to a hospital.
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, knowing that there could only be one passenger in your car?

This is a moral/ethical dilemma that was actually used as part of a job application.

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 dream lover again.

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 old lady to the hospital. I would stay behind and wait for the bus with the woman of my dreams.”

Sometimes, we gain more if we are able to give up our logical thinking and stubborn thought limitations.

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  • Lucinda

    I can see where that person got the job with an answer that ignores all options presented by creating his own options.

    My responses are always a day late when it comes to wit and eyebrow-raising responses.
    “I should have said that.” With a variation – “I shouldn’t have said that.”

    Don’t mind me, I am just lurking around checking out your website here.


    • Anonymous

      Lucinda – that’s just fine. Many opportunities give us enough time to formulate our own creative solution. Just keep expecting them to show up.

  • Wow-I love this example of thinking outside of the box! Sometimes what looks like an impossible obstacle is actually a perfect opportunity to see the world in a different way!

    • Anonymous

      Ashley — as you know I too love solutions that defy the obvious. Let’s keep looking for innovative ideas around 48 Days.

  • MIKE

    Clever response…I have to admit….I didnt think of that solution…..!