Jakarta. With 3,000 candidates vying for just 164 positions at the Ministry of Trade, getting the right answers on the recruitment test was always going to be vitally important.
Imagine the surprise of many of the applicants, therefore, when they were confronted with the following multiple-choice question in the general knowledge segment of the exam: “Which one of the song titles below is included on President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono’s third album?”
Trade Ministry spokesman Robert James Bintaryo told the Jakarta Globe he did not know anything about the question because the exam had been compiled by a special team.
“Now my question is, what is wrong if a general knowledge question is about Pak SBY’s song?” Robert asked.
“It’s part of the general knowledge questions. There were 30 or 40 questions in that section and the song title was only one question.”
He added: “I can assure you, there is no hidden agenda behind the question.”
So, which one of the song titles below is included on the third album?
a) You’re So Vain – Carly Simon
b) Let’s Stick Together - Bryan Ferry
c) My way - Frank Sinatra
d) (If I Could) Walk on Water – Eddie Money
e) Road to Nowhere – Talking Heads
f) Ada Apa Denganmu? – Peter Pan
g) Do You Think I’m Sexy? – Rod Stewart
And the answer? It’s a trick question and ALL the answers are right (except g)!!! Par for the course, par for the course…