Good question, truthful answer, crazy job interview – GOT THE JOB
When I was in college, my major was accounting. I always wanted to be a CPA, which I was for 30 years. I didn’t want to be a lawyer, because I didn’t want to piss people off.
After I graduated from college, I had a job interview with Peat Marwick & Mitchell, which is now, KPMG. It’s one of the international accounting firms. If you’re not familiar with them, take a look at the attire worn by Phil Mickelson the next time you see him on TV playing in a major tournament. They are his sponsor.
Before going after my first accounting job, I was aware that the international accounting firms had a bad reputation for letting people go on the spur of the moment, just for the hell of it. This bothered me, and I was intimidated by it.
On to the job interview
This was a long time ago. But I do remember two questions the interviewer asked me.
First, he asked, “What do you like most about accounting?” I don’t remember exactly what I answered. I think I said, “I like the prestige.”
The second question he asked was, “What do you like least about accounting?” That answer, I remember very well. I said,
“The employee turnover.”
The interviewer laughed so hard, he couldn’t talk. When he finally re-gained his composure, he said,
“Son, that was brilliant. You’ve got the job.”