A young man named Mike applied for an engineering position at a Newfoundland firm based in St. Johns. A mainlander applied for the same job and both applicants, having the same qualifications, were asked to take a test by the department manager.
Upon completion of the test, both men had only missed one of the questions. The manager went to Mike and said, “Thank you for your interest, but we’ve decided to give the mainlander the job.”
“And why would ya be doin somthin that? asked Mike. “We both got nine questions correct! This being da rock and me being a Newfoundlander, I should get the job!”
We have made our decision, not on the correct answers, but on the question you missed.”
“And just how would one incorrect answer be better than the other?”
“Simple,” replied the manager. “On question # 5, the Mainlander put down, ‘I don’t know.’ You put down ‘Needer do I.'”