I was interviewing for a position as a baker at a grocery store chain and was asked to sell the interviewer a pencil. I couldn’t begin to fathom why I would ever need to sell someone on a pencil, let alone something relevant like a cookie or a cake. I think I looked at the interviewer and said, “Really? I mean, it’s a pencil. You need it. I have it.”
I did not get the job; a fact for which I am eternally grateful.