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Interview Question of the Day: Rain, Umbrellas and Public Transportation

Interview Question of the Day: Rain, Umbrellas and Public Transportation

by Frank Roche on January 25, 2010

in Interviewing

windweatgher

Here’s my interview question of the day: If you’re soaking wet, when you get on the train, do you:

a) Shake off like a Labrador Retriever on everyone near you, then set your wet bag and umbrella down on the dry seat next to you?
b) Take off your coat before you sit down, fold it inside out, and put your wet bag and umbrella on the ground?

It’s raining an inch an hour and the wind is gusting up to 50 mph in Philly this morning. Everyone’s wet, even if they have an umbrella. My pants are soaked. It’s a Carpenters song out there.

I saw at least three people near me pick Answer A. They shook off on people. Then the put their wet things down on a dry seat next to them, meaning that no one else could sit there at a stop closer in. They shook their wet coats; I shook my head.

Awareness of how your actions affect others is essential in my book. Shake your wet self on me, or think it’s okay, and you can’t work here.

Would you hire someone who thought it was okay to put a wet umbrella on a dry seat?

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