This is ridiculously easy. Here’s the scenario.  

You go to a party with a friend. There are 10 people there including you and your friend.  Your friend makes you a bet.  For every person who has the same birthday as you, you get a dollar.  For every person who doesn’t have the same birthday as you, he gets $2.  Should you take this bet?

I don’t know what makes this tough.  I know what six people thought about this question because it is ridiculously easy to the point of where you have to ask yourself, “Is it that obvious?”  The answer is, “It is that obvious.” The answer is, “No,” you don’t take the bet.”  Here’s why.

The statistical probability is one in 365 that some will have the same birthday as you.  The reverse is someone not having the same birthday as you 364/365.  Unless you know in advance when someone’s birthday is, unless you know there are some people there with the same birthday as you, don’t take the bet.

Again, it is 1 of these dumb questions firms like to ask.  I don’t know why except maybe to psych you out with how obvious it is. 


Ⓒ The Big Game Hunter, Inc., Asheville, NC 2020 



Jeff Altman, The Big Game HunterJeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter is a coach who worked as a recruiter for what seems like one hundred years. His work involves career coaching, all as well as executive job search coaching, job coaching, and interview coaching. He is the host of “No BS Job Search Advice Radio,” the #1 podcast in iTunes for job search with more than 1900 episodes, and is a member of The Forbes Coaches Council.

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