As part of our continuing study of how people react differently to the exact same situation, we placed all of our test subjects in job interviews and asked them the following questions:
- Can you give us an example of a time when you were faced with a challenging problem that you had to work with your colleagues to solve?
- Why should we choose you over the other candidates for this position?
Here are their responses:
Television News Channel Anchor – In breaking news, my hair was a little out of place, so I had my makeup crew fix it for me so that I looked fabulous once again. Could hiring me help your company make millions of dollars and possibly save a life? I’ll let you know at 11.
Noir Film Detective – It was a dark and dreary night and I ready was for a drink when there was a knock on the door. ‘I’m closed,” I said as I put on my overcoat, “Come back on Monday.” As I grabbed for my hat, though, a woman in her mid-30s burst through the door. “I can’t wait until Monday,” she said. “I might not still be alive then.” She was hotter than a marshmallow over a fire, and I had a feeling that I was in for smore trouble. “If you’re not alive on Monday, you won’t be able to pay my bill, so I’ll do what I can to help you,” I said as I took of my hat, sat back down and reached for the bottle in my desk drawer. I had a feeling it was going to be a long night. After that, I listened to her and we stopped the killer, dated for a while and then broke up before my next big case. I’ll be honest with you, I don’t want to work for you, but you need me so I’ll do it. Now then, tell me what exactly I’ll be doing here while I get a drink. It’s going to be a long time until my lunch break.
Obi-Wan Kenobi – Let’s see, hmmmm. Oh, I know. Well, I had trained this young Jedi, but then he turned into this really evil guy, so I pretty much cut off his legs and left him for dead on some lava, but then he came back and we fought again, so this time I let him kill me so that I could ghost team up with his son so that he could fight him until he became good and killed an even more evil guy. Also, the other applicants aren’t the new employees you are looking for. I am the new employee you are looking for.
Professional Wrestler – Let’s see, where to start? Golly, this seems to happen to me a lot actually. Ok, just last week, my best friend and I were teaming up against a really good wrestling team and we knew it would be tough to defeat them, so in the middle of the match I hit my partner in the back of the head with a chair and joined the other team so I could win that way. Also, if you hire me I will be an extremely loyal and responsible employee that you can trust.
Super Hero – That’s an excellent question civilian. You do fine work here. Well, I was teaming up with the Captain Pillow and we were trying to stop an evil villain. He managed to tie us up, but while we were helpless, the villain bragged about his plan, which gave us time to escape. If you hire me, I’ll be a loyal, responsible and mild-mannered employee, and I will make sure to save the world during my lunches and breaks.
My cat – I was starving from not eating for at least an hour so I bothered my chef until he provided me with an exquisite meal, and then I demanded he stand there and watch me eat. You must hire me.
Super Villain – Well, just last week I was trying to take over Rhode Island and Captain Pillow had nearly put my plans to sleep with his cursed pillow powers. So, right now you and I are going to go on a little trip and you are going to help me defeat him or I am going to give your company a terrible online review. Ha Ha Ha Ha!
Grandmother – Oooh, that’s a great question sweetie. Well, the big problem was that I made too many cookies and I need you and your little friends here to help eat them so they don’t go to waste.
Jurassic Park/World movie character – Well we had all of these dinosaurs together and we thought that would work out fine. Wouldn’t you know it, though, something went wrong! Can you believe that? Anyway, I had to work together with my friends to try to stay alive. Several of my coworkers were eaten, but I didn’t like most of them anyway. If you hire me, I’ll keep you from getting eaten by dinosaurs, as long as you’re not mean to me or the dinosaurs.
Bad Poet –
At my last job, my bosses asked me to hide some money,
I worked with the lawyers in order to make the accounting funny,
My bosses were happy until the IRS came in with questions plenty,
I cooperated and am free, but my bosses are doing 10 to 20.
If you hire me, you’ll have a loyal employee who will do your work,
But I won’t to go jail for you, so don’t be a jerk.
Do you have any responses you want to add below? Thanks!