So much for being able to write, let alone see the handwriting on the wall.
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Applicant: I don’t follow sports much but I think he plays for the Green Bay Packers. No, wait — he’s with the Mets!
HR interviewer: Very good. A couple of more things: how many states in the Union?
Applicant: I just have no idea. I don’t belong to a union.
HR interviewer: Encouraging. OK, one more: if I gave you a $20 bill for an order that comes to $12.75, how much change should I get back?
Applicant: This sounds like a trick question.
HR interviewer: I like your can’t-do attitude, so maybe we’ll take a chance and give you a shot. Can you start tomorrow on the salad prep line?
Applicant: For sure, but what’s the pay?
HR interviewer: Well, there’s no salary the first year, but you’ll be learning valuable skills you can take with you into the corporate world should you ever get an actual paying job.
Applicant: Sounds good to me. Thanks — and I really appreciate the break! I don’t think your faith in my ignorance will be wasted.