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O’Toole applied for a forklift job at a famous Irish firm based in Dublin.

A Norwegian applied for the same job and since both applicants had similar qualifications, they were asked to take a test and led to a quiet room with no interruptions by the Manager.

When the results were in, both men had scored 19 out of 20.

The manager went to O’Toole and said:

Thank you for coming to the interview, but we've decided to give the Norwegian the job.

O’Toole: And why would you be doing that? We both got 19 questions correct. This being Ireland and me being Irish surely I should get the job.

Manager: We have made our decision not on the correct answers, but on the question you got wrong.

O'Toole: And just how would one incorrect answer be better than another?

Manager: That's simple. On question number 7 the Norwegian wrote down -

'I don't know.'

You put down -

'Neither do I.'

[Thanks to Frank Russell - took a moment for that to dawn]

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