Tuesday, March 29, 2011

What would you do? The deserted island question...


Sometimes when we wanted to throw someone off in an interview, we'd pull out a random question just to see where their head was at and how quickly they think on their feet. Some of these seemingly random questions can actually help an interviewer determine your ability to think logically and problem solve. One such question is the deserted island scenario. You'd amazed what some answers can tell you. 


Here's the full scenario: Let's just say you have royally ticked off some sort of magical being (stay with me here). As punishment, you are banished to a deserted island for a year. The island has a tent, wildlife, vegetation, and drinkable water. You are allowed to take one person and a backpack. 

Shout out to the guy who came in to interview. He named a woman that he would take with him. It wasn't his wife. Unfortunately, his wife worked in Human Resources and saw his answer. So very very no bueno. Take a minute to think about it... Who do you take and what do you pack in that one small bag?

29 comments:

mojitochica said...

LMAO @ the interviewee! I hope y'all didn't hire him, since he wasn't too bright! I'd take hubby because he could build us a shelter and catch us some food.

Natasha Hunter said...

I'm taking my younger sister, we get along great and she's an athlete so she could run, jump and catch stuff.

In my backpack I'd have sunscreen, some DEET, tube socks, a first aid kit, feminine products, a swiss army knife, a gun, ammunition and a sound powered radio/phone.

Stank_0 said...

Seeing as I'm single, not sure who the human companion would be. Maybe I'd have to sub in a dog. Now I have something with superior hearing and smell to watch over me when I sleep.

In the bag, books, extra pairs of glasses, a jacket, umbrella, hatchet, and fishing line

Mr. Skyywalker said...

I have played this game before - it was a question on my premarital compatibility exam given by the church.
I'm taking wifey. In the bag, army knife, matches, first aid kit, a bible, sunscreen, bug repellent, lip balm, deodorant and a change of clothes.

diamond life said...

Taking my cousin, he's a special forces something or other so he's in charge of the survival skills. I'm bringing feminine products, lighter, undies, books and my iPad. Who knows, maybe he'll know how to build solar panels?!

Andrea M said...

I have no idea who to take! And how long do I get to figure out what goes in the back pack?

Bethany Showell said...

I wouldn't take anyone. As for the bag, books, feminine products, sunscreen, a knife, flint/lighter/matches, clothes and soap.

thinklikeRiley said...

Riley's not going unless someone could hook a bruh up with some 'lectricity round that joint. So Imma take the flyest chick who knows how to build a generator and a cell tower. My back pack has drawers, Doritos, Xbox, gun, knife, shave kit, condoms.

BB Waite said...

See - this always gets Mr. Waite and I in trouble. I do love my husband but he is the least handy man on the face of the earth. But marriage means dragging the big lug with me even though he's only going to be good at swatting flies and cooking whatever I catch. Plus, I'll have to pack extra stuff into my backpack because he's going to forget half of what he needs to bring. I'll have to make room to pack Mylanta for him and an EpiPen next to a first aid kit, dried oatmeal packets, toiletries, bible, two books, knife, lighter, fishing line, bug spray, two t-shirts and underwear. Le Sigh as you would say.

Peta-Ann Smith said...

I'd take my dog. One year with even a friend or family member on an island would lead up to drama in no time.

No pun intended, but the chances of bitching with my dog are slim to none. Plus, she's a rough-and-tumble low-maintenance mongrel

Mykeia said...

Good question.
The spouse and I could make it a year--but it would be nice if we had some music, can we bring a radio (solar powered of course)?
All the other options would annoy me, except for being by myself, which I could do since I am an only child.
I trust the spouse and I know that he has great survival skills...and every so often you need to be held, so for me the spouse is my choice all day long.

Leo the Yardie Chick said...

Gah! Logged in with the wrong information!:

I'd take my dog. One year with even a friend or family member on an island would lead up to drama in no time.

No pun intended, but the chances of bitching with my dog are slim to none. Plus, she's a rough-and-tumble low-maintenance mongrel

Mykeia said...

Oh yeah the back pack: MY GOOD PAIR OF TWEEZERS, lip balm, mouthwash, toothpaste, books, paper/journal, dried fruit snacks, fem-products, foot balm/lotion, light clothing, a few good knives and my small dog--dogs hear everything and I like to be for-warned.

SingLikeSassy said...

I would take Mr. SLS because he is 20-some year trained soldier and knows how to kill bugs and jig-a-rig electrical stuffs and whatnot. Plus, Imma need to stir the cocoa. LOL! My backpack would have his instruments so there would be some music to break up the monotony. Sunblock, feminine products, panties, Firefly sweet tea vodka, first aid kit, solar charger, iPad, iPhone, iPod, knife, soap, wash cloths, comb (i can go natural but I can't do dreadlocks) and books.

TreyCharles said...

My company thought it would be cute to send a bunch of us out for some Survivor-style bonding for a week, people almost got dead. So I gotta agree with my man Riley, let me have some sort of fine female Army Seal type for this 365. And she'll tell me what to pack.

Pure Choco said...

I'd take my ex because he was all about camping and learning to live off the land. REI has these "survival backpacks" that are pre-stocked with everything you need if you get stranded in the middle of nowhere - it's got like a small pot and clothes and all kinds of goodies rolled up. I'm copping that.

derek love said...

Can I respectfully decline and ask for some other punishment? I like things. Like air conditioning, washing machines, microwaves and dry cleaning.

Queen of Me said...

Applause to the folks who could go a year without talking to anybody, I'd drive myself crazy!

Alia (mellow) said...

I'd go by myself. No need to subject anyone else to a year's banishment. In my backpack: first aid kit, bible, swiss army knife, big book of sodoku puzzles, satellite radio, vaseline, soap and a change of clothes.

Brneyed1 said...

I'm gonna assume that none of the wildlife is any bigger than half my body weight and they they are all herbavores. I'm also going to assume that the backpack is one of those ginormous ones for hiking through the woods.

That said....

So, who do I take? Anyone who wants to go and can be of use while on this island.

In the backpack: sunblock, chapstick, one of those camping stove kits, coffee, feminine products, several changes of underwear, toilet paper, bodywash, towels, lanters/candles and matches, a book on survival skills and other books for entertainment, notebooks and pens, and pictures of my loved ones.

Brneyed1 said...

...and indoor plumbing....

maureen palmer said...

Chele, I'm African, I did that for 19 years b4 moving to the U.S I'm good on that. LOL! I know this a horrible joke because living in Kenya was not that horrible other, dust rationing of electricity and water & corrupt goverment.

GammasWorld said...

Doggie Princess and I packing up and heading out. Toiletries, doggie treats, along with journals, pens, books, and a pillow, vodka and/or wine. Imma need some kind of radio though ... can live w/o talking to folk for a year but Imma need some music. If there's some kind of solar/satellite TV I could stuff in the bag, that would be cool.

GrownAzzMan said...

Ooops on the interviewee. How playa is that? LOL

Kimberly said...

I'd take Bear Grylls from Discovery Channel's Man vs. Wild....I do want to return to civilization in one piece

N Gabor said...

HA! I would take Charlie Sheen :)

Lady4Real said...

Hands down I am bringing my husband. My backpack will have soap, deodorant, feminine products, comb, brush, hair grease, chapstick, sunblock, under garments, t-shirts, 2 pairs of shorts, 2 pairs of pants and one sundress, boots, flip-flops, box of matches, knife, 2 journals, pack of pens, pack of pencils, pencil sharpner and birth control (don't want to get knocked up without doctors, nurses and painkillers around when I go into labor).

Jason P said...

What he said ^^^

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