Young man Murphy applied for an engineering
position at an Irish firm based in Dublin. An American applied for the same job and both
applicants having the same qualifications were asked to take a test by the department
Upon completion of the test, both men only missed one of the questions. The manager went
to Murphy and said, "Thank you for your interest, but we've decided to give the
American the job."
Murphy asked, "And why would you be doing that? We both got nine questions correct.
This being Ireland, and me being Irish I should get the job!"
The manager said, "We have made our decision not on the correct answers, but rather
on the question that you missed."
Murphy then asked, "And just how would one incorrect answer be better than the
The manager replied, "Simple, the American put down on question #5, 'I don't know.'
You put down, 'Neither do I'."