Thinking Outside that D@rn Box!

I ran across this article the other day on Facebook:

The Best Job Interview Answer Ever (oh, really???)
You are driving along in your car on a wild, stormy night. You pass by a bus stop, and you 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 his answer.
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.”
Never forget to “Think Outside of the Box.”

UGH!! Please… How many of you came up with that answer right away, the first time you saw it? Feeling uncreative, boxed in, and stupid right now? Take heart, all is not lost, and you’re still employable.

Here’s an article that says this “outside the box” stuff is a misguided idea. Just because you don’t come up with a solution to a specific problem or puzzle right away, does not mean all is lost. You may be familiar with the original “think outside the box” puzzle, where you need to draw four straight lines to connect nine dots without lifting your pen or pencil. Well, according to this article, only 25% of test participants came up with the solution, EVEN AFTER THEY WERE TOLD THE SOLUTION WAS TO DRAW THE LINES OUTSIDE THE BOX!!

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So, take heart, you don’t lack intelligence or creativity. Where IS that box, anyway? I don’t see it. And, I’m willing to bet that you’ve come up with creative solutions at work and in your life without realizing it.<3

All my best,
B-
(a terminal “inside the box” thinker — the world needs GAAP accountants, too, you know)

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