Two young engineers applied for a single position at a computer
company. They both had the same qualifications. In order to
determine which individual to hire, the applicants were asked to
take a test by the department manager. Upon completion of the
test, both men had each missed only one of the questions. The
manager went to the first applicant and said, ''Thank you for your
interest, but we've decided to give the job to the other applicant.''
"And why would you be doing that? We both got nine questions
correct," asked the rejected applicant. "We have based our decision
not on the correct answers, but on the question you missed," said
the department manager. "And just how would one incorrect
answer be better than the other?" the rejected applicant inquired.
''Simple,'' said the department manager, ''Your fellow applicant put
down on question #5, 'I don't know.' You put down, 'Neither do I.'''
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