Another use for a math joke

In a previous post I described a possible way to use a math joke in interviews to help select high-quality employees. An alert reader suggested that this particular joke could also be used to select high-quality employers. He suggested telling it in an interview and not working for anyone who didn’t understand it.

This could lead to an interesting conversation.

“Do you have any questions that you want me to answer?”

“Actually, yes. I know a particular joke. It’s proven to be very useful to help screen potential employers.”

“But what does that have to do with this particular job?”

“Well, it’s just as relevant as some of things that you’ve asked me in the past hour or so – like explaining why manhole covers are round. If these questions were designed to give you an idea of how I think and how I solve problems, why shouldn’t I evaluate you guys in the same way?”

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