what would YOU do?  

jmebug 44F
636 posts
7/12/2006 11:07 am
what would YOU do?

You are driving down the road in your 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 small car?

Think before you continue reading. This is a moral/ethical dilemma that was once 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 mate 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 lady to the hospital. I would stay behind and wait for the bus with the partner of my dreams."

We gain more if we are able to give up our stubborn thought limitations. Never forget to "Think Outside the Box."


WildWon1982 35M

7/13/2006 9:44 pm

You are correct, this was used by Bill Gates himself as a part of Microsoft's hiring process in the late 90s.

curious082385 32F
4925 posts
7/13/2006 12:45 am

That is great and very true! Both the story and the "thinking outside the box" concept.


7/12/2006 9:06 pm

That's why I always drive the van on dark and stormy nights..helps keep the moral dilemmas to a minimum..

phoenix639 50F

7/12/2006 11:31 am

Or you could phone a friend to come collect the others in his truck.


I make light i know, but i do agree with you on this.

I think you already knew that though didnt you.

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