Consulting Test

Subject: Consulting Test
From: David Orr <dorr -at- ORRNET -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Wed, 24 Jan 2001 12:57:45 -0600

Thanks to my former employee Katherine Luce for this one:

Subject: QUIZ
The following short quiz consists of 4 questions and tells whether
you are qualified to be a "professional consultant". Scroll down for each

The questions are not that difficult.

1. How do you put a giraffe into a refrigerator?

The correct answer is: Open the refrigerator, put
in the giraffe and close the door. This question tests whether you
tend to do simple things in an overly complicated way.

2. How do you put an elephant into a refrigerator?

Wrong Answer: Open the refrigerator, put in the elephant and close the

Correct Answer: Open the refrigerator, take out
the giraffe, put in the elephant and close the door. This tests your
ability to think through the repercussions of your actions.

3. The Lion King is hosting an animal conference.
All the animals attend except one. Which animal does not attend?

Correct Answer: The Elephant. The Elephant is in the refrigerator.

This tests your memory. OK, even if you did not answer the first
three questions correctly, you still have one more chance to show your

4. There is a river you must cross. But it is inhabited by
crocodiles. How do you manage it?

Correct Answer: You swim across. All the Crocodiles are attending
the Animal Meeting. This tests whether you learn quickly from your

According to Andersen Consulting Worldwide, around 90% of
professionals they tested got all questions wrong. But many preschoolers
several correct answers. Anderson Consulting says this conclusively
disproves the theory that most professionals have the brains of a four year

M. David Orr
Orr & Associates Corporation

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