A big oilfield company was needing to hire a Drilling Engineer but had a problem as they had way too many candidates for the one position that was available.
So to narrow down the group, the human resource director with a PHd in Philosophy gave a one question application after interviewing each of them on a broad array of topics.
The prospective Drilling Engineers were all gathered into a meeting room when the HR Director picked up his chair, plopped it on his desk and wrote on the board: “Using everything we have learned from your interviews, give me your best argument to prove that this chair does not exist.”
Fingers flew, erasers erased, notebooks were filled in furious fashion.
Some applicants wrote over 30 pages in one hour attempting to refute the existence of the chair.
However,one member of the class, a former roughneck, was up and finished in less than a minute.
Weeks later when the position was filled by the former roughneck, the rest of the applicants wondered how he could have gotten the job when he had barely written anything at all.
His answer consisted of two words: