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Who’s worth his salt & pepper?

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For at least 20 years, and probably much longer, a legend has circulated about the business or military leader who takes prospective hires out to eat and observes their behavior.

If a hapless job candidate seasons his food before tasting it, his shot at the job is over. Why? Two reasons:

1. Poor judgment. The candidate shows no forethought, making a hasty decision before testing the data in front of him. His unthinking behavior reveals a closed mind.

2. Rudeness. By seasoning his food before tasting it, the prospective employee shows no regard for the skill of the chef or the choice of his host. He insults them both.

— Adapted from “Movers and Salt Shakers,” www.snopes.com.

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