GEORGE SAVIERS forwards an old one about old William Henry.
Bill Gates organized an enormous session to recruit a new Chairman for Microsoft Europe. Five thousand candidates assembled in a large room. One of them was Debdas Banerjee, a Bengali.
Gates thanked all the candidates for coming and asking those who do not know JAVA program to leave. Two thousand of them left the room. Debdas said to himself, “I do not know JAVA but I have nothing to lose if I stay. I’ll give it a try.”
Gates then asked the candidates who had never had any experience of managing more than 100 people to leave. Another two thousand left the room. Debdas said to himself, “I never managed anybody by myself but I have nothing to lose if I stay. What can happen to me?” So he stayed.
Then Gates asked candidates who did not have management diplomas to leave. Five hundred of them left the room. Debdas said to himself, “I left school at 15 but what have I got to lose?” So he stayed in the room.
Lastly, Bill Gates asked the candidates who did not speak Serbo-Croat to leave.
498 of the 500 people in the room left.
Debdas said to himself, “I do not speak one word of Serbo-Croat but what do I have to lose?” So he stayed and found himself with one other candidate.
Everyone else had gone.
Bill Gates joined them and said. “Apparently you are the only two candidates who speak Serbo-Croat, so I’d now like to hear you have a conversation together in that language.”
Calmly, Debdas turned to the other candidate and said: “Ki cholchhe dada. Kemon achho.”
The other candidate answered: “Bhalo achhi bhai.”