Labor humor for the week of December 9, 2013
Hired by a Hair
Self-conscious about his lack of ears, whenever Richard interviewed a potential new employee, he would ask: “Do you notice anything unusual about me?” If the candidate mentioned Richard’s lack of ears—a frequent response—it would be a sure “no” for the job. But if the candidate mentioned something else, he or she would be hired.
At the annual office party one year, Richard approached his most recent hire and asked him if he remembered the “unusual about me” question during his job interview. “Sure I do,” the worker replied. “You asked if there was anything unusual about yourself and I said that you had an old-fashioned buzz cut.”
“Of all things to answer,” Richard questioned curiously, “why was that the thing you noticed?”
“Well,” said the employee, “it was quite simple. I couldn’t figure out why someone without any ears would go with that hairstyle.”