Another gem from my Office Graffiti book
A management development questionnaire
The board of directors has decided to instigate a more scientific method of
selecting management material and is therefore setting this brief test to
ascertain your potential. It is not intended to be rigorous, merely a simple
questionnaire designed to eliminate truly unsuitable candidates. You have
- History: Describe the history of the Papacy from its origins to the
present day, concentrating especially but not exclusively on its social
political, economic, religious and philosophical impact on Europe, Asia
America and Africa. Be brief, concise and specific.
- Medicine: You are provided with a razor blade, a piece of gauze and a
bottle of scotch. Remove your appendix. Do not suture your work until
your work has been inspected.
- Public Speaking: 2,500 riot-crazed immigrants are storming the local
Citizens Advice Bureau. Calm them, You may use any ancient language
except Greek or Latin.
- Biology: Create Life. Estimate the differences in subsequent human
culture if this form of life had been developed 500m years earlier, with
special attention to its probable effect on the British parliamentary
party system. Prove your thesis.
- Music: Write a piano concerto. Orchestrate and perform it for with flute and
drum. You will find a piano under your seat.
- Sociology: Estimate the sociological problems which might accompany
the end of the world. Construct an experiment to test your theory.
- Engineering: The disassembled parts of a high-powered rifle have been
placed in a box on your desk. You will also find an instruction manual
printed in Swahili.
In 10 minutes a hungry Bengal tiger will be admitted to the room. Take
whatever action you feel appropriate. Be prepared to justify your decisions.
- Political Science: There is a red telephone on the desk behind you. Start
World War 3. Report at length on its socio-political effects - if any.
- Philosophy: Sketch the development of human thought, estimate its
significance. Compare with the development of any other kind of thought.
- General Knowledge: Define the Universe. Describe in detail. Give three
A pass mark of 85 per cent should be set.
When faced with two choices, simply toss a coin. It works not because it settles the question for you. But because in that brief moment while the coin is in the air. You suddenly know what you are hoping for.
Re: Another gem from my Office Graffiti book
19-03-2017 6:03 PM - edited 19-03-2017 7:32 PM
Is it just me or are we all missing something here. It's amusing, but what don't I get? :smiley
PS. Sort of reminds me of these Far Side cartoons by Gary Larson.