The 1st timid candidate responds to the question fired at her by the white haired founding partner , "what is 2 + 2" ,with a deadpan "4" .
She is given short shrift and sent on her way but tells the other 2 sitting nervously in reception what occurred.
Number 2 strides in and when asked the same question quickly responds "22" and is unceremoniously dismissed.
He trudges out and tells the remaining candidate what transpired.
She walks in confidently and faces the question. She leans over the desk and looks the grizzled old man in the eyes and calmly responds "what do you want the answer to be?"
The young woman leaves his room as the newest hire to work directly under him.
Hackneyed perhaps, but in this day of rapid change and uncertainty sweeping our august profession perhaps you need to look in the mirror and ask yourself what kind of accountant you really ought to be to survive out there.