A young man named Murphy sent in a job application to apply for an engineering position at an Irish firm based in Dublin.
An American 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 up to Murphy and said, “Thank you for your interest, but we have decided to give the American the job.”
Murphy replied: “And why would you be doing that? We both got 9 questions correct. This being Ireland and me being Irish I should get the job!”
The manager responded: “We have made our decision not on the correct answers, but on the question you missed.”
Murphy: “And just how would one incorrect answer be better than the other?”
Manager: “Simple. On question #5 the American put down, ‘I don’t know.’
You put down ‘Neither do I.'”