A Promise of Employment and a Prayer
Bill Gates advertised for a new chairman of Microsoft Europe. 5000 candidates come for the job screening. All assemble in a giant hall. Among them is a short, bearded man - Maurice Cohen, a French Jew.
Gates thanks everyone for coming and asks those who aren’t familiar with the JAVA programming language to leave. 2000 people depart. Cohen thinks, "I don’t know JAVA but what have I got to lose? I'll stay."
Gates then asks those without experience managing teams of 100 people to exit. 2000 people leave. Cohen thinks, "I only managed myself but I have nothing to lose if I stay.”
Then Gates asks who has outstanding academic qualifications. 500 more people exit. Cohen thinks, "I left school at 15. I will lose nothing if I stay.”
Lastly, Gates asks, “Who speaks Serbo-Croatian?” 498 people leave. Cohen thinks, "I don’t speak Serbo-Croatian but I have nothing to lose if I stay.” He then finds himself alone with another fellow.
Gates joins them, saying "You are the only two candidates who know JAVA, managed large teams, have advanced degrees, and who speak Serbo-Croatian. I'd like to hear you two converse."
Calmly Maurice turns to the other candidate and says, "Baruch ata Hashem…" The guy answers, "Elokéinu melech ha'olam."