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]