Do you stick to what you were taught or are you the type to forge your own beliefs and knowledge?
Perhaps a strange question but one that is pertinent to what happens in our immediate worlds.
Now, if I were to ask you this interview question how would you answer?
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. Think before you continue reading.
This is a moral/ethical dilemma that I once received in an email a couple of years ago and used in many interviews. There are many such questions but this one was one of the most telling for many reasons.
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.
I had a love for killer questions that did what a personality test would do, indicate how someone thought or how they would be when faced with a problem. This question in reality has no right or wrong answer.
How would you answer it?
Sometimes when we face a problem or a conundrum if you will it is best to step outside of the situation and look from the outside in, see the whole. Sometimes it is the simplest of solutions that evade us because we over complicate what lies before us.
When we face a problem we see the implications, the negatives, we start stressing about them as a whole. We do not sit and break them down, separate each one and then bring it together with a solution.
Why is that?
Is it because our minds are too busy processing everything at a speed of knots that we lose or skip over a quick easy solution to our problem?
In the email that question was asked and the candidate, one out of 200, got the job for his answer. Read it and see what you think.
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 woman of my dreams!”
Sometimes, we gain more if we are able to give up our stubborn thought limitations. It often just takes stepping outside of the box we put ourselves in and seeing things as they are, separately. We all at the best of times over complicate things in our lives, none of us are immune, some have just learnt to step outside and breathe.
When I hit a problem and my mind starts racing I grab a piece of paper and start separating each known problem. By doing this I separate it into little parts of the whole making it easier to see things for what they are. Then under each I start coming up with individual solutions. You will find as you start working on each that the solution starts forming in your mind and then the A-Ha (not the band) moment happens like a bolt of lightening. The puzzle is put together and a solution avails itself to you like the last jigsaw piece falling into place.
Sometimes all it takes is stepping outside of the box we put ourselves in.