The Right Man for the Job
A few months ago, there was an opening with the CIA
for an assassin.
as you can well imagine, these highly classified positions are
extremely hard to fill, and there's a lot of testing and background checks involved before
an operative can even be considered for such a position.
After sending hundreds of applicants through the
testing, training and background checks, they had narrowed the possible choices down to 2 men
and a woman, but only one position was available.
The day came for the final test to see which person would get the
extremely secretive job. The CIA special agents administering the test took one of the
men to a large metal door and handed him a gun.
"We must know that you will follow your instructions
no matter what the circumstances", they explained. "Inside this room, you will
find your wife sitting in a chair. Take this gun and kill her."
The applicant got
a shocked look on his face and said, "You can't be serious! I could never shoot my
"Well", said the tester, "You're
definitely not the right man for this job!"
So they bring the second man to the same door
and hand him a gun. "We must know that you will follow
instructions no matter what the circumstances", they explained to the second
applicant. "Inside you will find your wife sitting in a chair.
Take this gun and kill her." The second man
looked more than a bit shocked, but nevertheless took the gun and went in the room.
All was quiet for about 5 minutes, then the door opened.
The man came out of the room with tears in his eyes.
"I tried to do it, but I just couldn't pull
the trigger and shoot my own wife. I guess I'm not the right man for the job."
"No", the CIA man replied, "You just don't have what it takes.
wife and go home.
So they're left with the woman to test. She's lead to
same door to the same room and handed her the same
"We must be sure that you will follow
instructions no matter what the circumstances," she is told.
"This is your final test. Inside, you will find your husband sitting in a chair. Take this gun and kill
The woman took the gun and opened the door. Before the door even closed all the way, the CIA men heard
shots fired. One shot after another, 13 rounds in all. Then they heard
screaming, crashing, and banging on the walls. This went on for
several minutes, then all went quiet.
The door opened slowly, and there stood the woman. She wiped the
sweat from her brow and said "You guys didn't tell
me the gun was loaded with blanks!"
"I had to beat him to death with the