The Interview

An accountant applies for the position of Chief Financial Officer. There are a number of candidates and he is called in for an interview. They ask him a number of questions and one of the panel suddenly says, ”What is nine multiplied by four?”

He thinks quickly and says, ”Thirty five.” When the interview is over he goes outside, takes out his calculator and finds the correct answer is not thirty five.

He thinks, ”Well, I blew that” and goes home very disappointed.

Next day he is rung up and told he has got the job.

”Wonderful,” he says, ”but what about nine multiplied by four? My answer wasn’t right.”

”We know, but of all the candidates you came the closest.”

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  46 comments for “The Interview

  1. February 13, 2016 at 12:27 am

    Chief Financial Officer? Anyway I think it is okay for the company since he will be directing others to do the actual work. Lol!

    • February 14, 2016 at 1:06 pm

      Well, we can hope that turns out okay. 🙂

  2. Ann
    February 13, 2016 at 2:19 am

    Well so long as he makes errors in favor of the company rather than clients they should do well with him

    • February 14, 2016 at 1:07 pm

      That's usually how they prefer things to go. 🙂

  3. February 13, 2016 at 3:04 am

    Closest… not a quality I want in my CFA. or CPA. Or me. hahaha!

    big hugs xoxo

    • February 14, 2016 at 1:08 pm

      Me either. I want stuff on to the penny. That's the way our finances are…on to the penny. 🙂

  4. February 13, 2016 at 4:43 am

    Too funny. Sounds like he will fit right in. Sandee, you and Zane have a wonderful day.

    • February 14, 2016 at 1:08 pm

      Well he was the most qualified. 🙂

  5. February 13, 2016 at 5:00 am

    Who needs math when we have calculators and software to do it for us, right?!

    • February 14, 2016 at 1:09 pm

      This is true. There are all sorts of aids for crunching numbers. 🙂

  6. February 13, 2016 at 5:33 am

    Wow, who would have guessed that one coming. LOL

  7. February 13, 2016 at 5:34 am

    Hahahahahahahhaaaaaa…. love that!
    Have a great Saturday!

    • February 14, 2016 at 1:16 pm

      I do silly here you know. 🙂

  8. February 13, 2016 at 6:04 am

    LOLOL oh well as long as he was the nearest haha!

    Have a mathstastic day Sandee :-f

    • February 14, 2016 at 1:16 pm

      That has to count for something right? 🙂

  9. February 13, 2016 at 7:03 am

    Close enough for gov't work.

    • February 14, 2016 at 1:17 pm

      And in many cases you don't have to be that close for government work. 🙂

  10. February 13, 2016 at 7:40 am

    CFO???? At least he passed the honesty test! Cheers!

    • February 14, 2016 at 1:18 pm

      The honesty test is indeed most important for folks that are crunching numbers. 🙂

  11. Jim
    February 13, 2016 at 8:35 am

    I really like this accounting joke, Sandee. Accountant jokes are strange, the people too. Almost always weirder than Blonde jokes. I shared it on my Facebook page, thank you. I left these words:
    We have about seventeen trained accountants in our family.
    Several have been promoted into finance since their training.
    You'll like accounting jokes even better than blonde jokes.
    :-h

    • February 14, 2016 at 1:18 pm

      I know a lot of numbers folks. They are most smart. 🙂

  12. Jan
    February 13, 2016 at 10:42 am

    Just a product of public education

    • February 14, 2016 at 1:22 pm

      Thanks for stopping by. I tried to comment on your blog and couldn't. I don't know why. 🙂

  13. February 13, 2016 at 10:55 am

    Lol, he sure will be a great asset to the Company 🙂

    • February 14, 2016 at 1:23 pm

      We can hope. I'm not so sure though. 🙂

  14. February 13, 2016 at 12:50 pm

    LoL =))

    • February 14, 2016 at 1:23 pm

      Yep, that covers it nicely. 🙂

  15. February 13, 2016 at 1:17 pm

    LOL! Too funny! 😀 Have a great weekend, Sandee!

    • February 14, 2016 at 1:23 pm

      Thank you Lauren, you have a wonderful weekend too. 🙂

  16. February 13, 2016 at 1:38 pm

    My accountant would know the real answer is 34 😉

    • February 14, 2016 at 1:24 pm

      I'm not going to your accountant either. 🙂

  17. February 13, 2016 at 4:47 pm

    Sounds like all of the applicants are products of Common Core.

    • February 14, 2016 at 1:25 pm

      Yikes, that explains so much. 🙂

  18. February 13, 2016 at 5:50 pm

    Heeheehee! Good for him!

    • February 14, 2016 at 1:25 pm

      At least he got the job. 🙂

  19. February 13, 2016 at 9:03 pm

    The correct answer would be "what do you want it to be? " lol! Now that's a CFO! Who says accountants aren't creative :))

    • February 14, 2016 at 1:29 pm

      They can do lots of magic with numbers. I've seen it done. 🙂

  20. February 14, 2016 at 3:08 pm

    He works for Wall Street now, right?? *rolls eyes* ;P

    • February 15, 2016 at 2:08 pm

      Probably, that's how it usually works. 🙂

  21. February 15, 2016 at 7:40 am

    Now that is scary! Haha

    Big hugs, honey…

    • February 15, 2016 at 2:09 pm

      Yes it is honey, yes it is. 🙂

  22. February 15, 2016 at 10:02 am

    And that is why I do my own tax

    • February 15, 2016 at 2:09 pm

      We do our own too. 🙂

  23. February 15, 2016 at 3:21 pm

    That company will not be going far.

    • February 15, 2016 at 3:42 pm

      No far or for very long either. 🙂

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