What do you notice different about me?

Always self-conscious of his lack of ears, whenever Andy Brown would interview a future employee, he would ask him, “What do you notice different about me?” If the employee would mention his lack of ears (which often they did), it would be a for sure “no” for the job. However if the employee would mention something else, he would hire the guy.

One year, at the yearly Holiday business party, Andy approached Tim Johnson, his most recent hire, and asked him if he remembered the last question he had asked him when interviewing him for the job. “Sure I do” replied Tim Johnson. “You asked me what was different about you and I said that you were wearing contact lenses.”


“Of all things to answer,” Andy questioned curiously, “why was that the thing you noticed?”

“Well, to be honest, it was quite simple,” said Tim Johnson. “How could you possibly be wearing glasses if you don’t have any ears?!”