How much is 2 plus 2? Who would you hire?

by Michael Josephson on December 18, 2014

1 2 plus 2A company interviewing candidates for a major management position that always asked one final question:, “How much is 2 plus 2?” A fellow with an engineering background said, “It depends on whether it’s a positive or negative 2. The answer could be 4, 0 or minus 4.” A woman whose specialty was marketing said: “Well, if we put the 2’s alongside each other it could be 22.” The successful candidate (some describe him as an accountant, others as a lawyer and some say she was a banker) looked the questioner in the eye and said, “How much do you want it to be?” Who would you hire?

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