The CEO told the applicants that he would call each of
them in one at a time fora final interview the next
day and that he would ask each one of them the same
question. Whoever answered the question the best would
be the one hired.
All applicants agreed that this was fair.
The next day... the first applicant called in was from
Harvard. The CEO posed the question "What is the
fastest thing in the world?"
The young man thought for a moment and replied. "That
would have to be a thought."
"Why do you say that?" asked the CEO.
"Well... a thought takes no time at all it is in your
mind in an instant then go ne again" said the Harvard
"Ahh... very good. Thank you," replied the CEO.
Next the same question was posed to the young man from
Yale, "What is the fastest thing in the world?"
The young man paused and replied, "That would have to
be a blink." "Why?" asked the CEO.
"Because you don't even think about a blink... it's
just a reflex. You do it in an instant," said the
candidate. The CEO thanked him then called in the next
The young man from MIT was asked the same question,
"What is the fastest thing in the world?"
After hesitating for a brief moment he replied, "I
would have to say electricity ."
"Why?" inquired the CEO. "Because a man can flip a
switch and immediately 3 miles away a light will go on
," replied the young man from MIT. "I see very good"
replied the CEO.
Finally, the young man from University Malaya was
called in. He too was asked, " What is the fastest
thing in the world?"
"That's easy," he replied. "That would have to be lao
sai (diarrhoea)!" Rather stunned the CEO asked, "Why
do you say that?"
"Well, last night after dinner I way lying in my bed
and got the worst stomach cramps and before I could
THINK, BLINK, or TURN ON THE LIGHTS, it all came out!"
replied the applicant from University Malaya.
He got the job!!