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The Apprentice

Bill Gates decides to organize an enormous session of recruitment for a chairman position for Microsoft Europe. The 5000 candidates are all assembled in a large room. One of the candidates is Maurice Cohen, a little Parisian Jewish Tunisian. Bill Gates thanks all the candidates for coming and asks that all those who do not know the program language JAVA rise and leave.

2000 people rise and leave the room. Maurice Cohen says to himself, "I do not know this language but what have I got to lose if I stay? I'll give it a try."

Bill Gates asks all the candidates who have never had experience of team management of more than 100 people to leave. 2000 people exit the room. Maurice Cohen says to himself, "I have never managed anybody but myself but what have I got to lose if I stay?" So he stays.

Then Bill Gates asks all the candidates who do not have degrees from Ivy League schools to leave. 500 people get up and leave the room. Maurice Cohen says to himself, "I left school at 15 but what have I got to lose if I stay?" So he stays in the room.

Lastly, Bill Gates asks all of the candidates who do not speak Croatian to leave. 498 people exit the room. Maurice Cohen says to himself, "I do not speak Croatian but have I got anything to lose?" So he stays in the room.

He finds himself alone with one other candidate -- everyone else has gone.

Bill Gates joins them and says, "Apparently you are the only two candidates who speak Croatian, so I'd now like to hear you both have a little conversation in that language."

Calmly Maurice turns to the other candidate and says to him: "Baroukh Ata Hashem." The other candidate answers, "Elokenou melech haolam..."

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