A Moral Dilemma

If you’ve ever applied for a management position in corporate America, you’ll recognize the following as a standard exercise in moral dilemma:


A stormy night.
You pass by a bus stop,
and see three people waiting for the bus:
1. An old lady who looks as if she is about to die.
2. An old friend who once saved your life.
3. The perfect man (or) woman you have been dreaming about.


Which one would you choose to offer a ride to, knowing that there could only be ONE passenger in your car?

Think before you continue reading. This is a moral/ethical dilemma that was once actually used as part of a job application.


You could pick up the old lady,
because she is going to die,
and thus you should save her first;
or you could take the old friend
because he once saved your life,
and this would be the perfect chance to pay him back.
However, you may never be able to find
your perfect dream lover again.


The candidate who was hired (out of 200 applicants) had no trouble coming up with a response.

He simply answered:


“I would give the car keys to my old friend,
and let him take the lady to the hospital.
I would stay behind
and wait for the bus
with the woman of my dreams.”




~ by eaesthete on 02/28/09.

One Response to “A Moral Dilemma”

  1. Now that my friends is a terrific response. Terrific! I also would have hired the guy that gave that answer right on the spot.

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