A company had advertised a vacancy and the boss was getting ready to interview the prospective candidated for the position.
Murphy decides to apply for the job, and reports to the office for his interview.
The boss, however, was determined not to hire an Irishman, so he decides to set a test for Murphy, hoping that he won’t be able to answer the questions. Then he will be able to refuse him the job without getting into an argument.
Murphy is beckoned into the interview room, and sits down.
The interviewer asked him the first question, which was, “Without using numbers, represent the number 9”.
So Murphy say’s, “Dat’s easy” and proceeds to draw three trees.
The boss takes a long look at what Murphy has drawn, and says, “What the hell is that?”
Murphy says, “Tree and tree and tree makes nine”.
“Fair enough,” says the boss. “Second question, same rules, but now represent 99”.
Murphy stares into space for a while, then makes a smudge on each tree.
“Der ya go sir,” he says.
The boss scratches his head and says, “How on earth do you get that to represent 99?”
Murphy says, “Each trees dirty now! So it’s dirty tree, and dirty tree, and dirty tree, dat’s 99”.
The boss is now getting worried that he is going to have to hire Murphy, so he says, “All right, question three. Same rules again, but represent the number 100”.
Murphy stares into space again, then he shouts, “Got it!”
He makes a little mark at the base of each tree, and says, “There ya go sir, 100”.
The boss looks at Murphy’s attempt and thinks, “Ha! Got him this time”.
“Go on Murphy, you must be mad if you think that represents a hundred!”
Murphy leans forward and points to the marks at the tree bases, and says, “A little dog comes along and poos by each tree, so now you’ve got dirty tree and a turd, dirty tree and a turd, dirty tree an’da turd, which makes one hundred.
When do I start me job?”
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