Here’s the riddle Michael Jordaan had to solve to get his big interview with RMB

Businessman Michael Jordaan recently sat down with 702’s Bruce Whitfield for a series of podcasts focusing on great South African minds who are thinking differently and going against the norm.

While Jordaan spoke about his upbringing in Pretoria and the Western Cape, one of the most interesting parts of the story dealt with his experience in applying for a job at Rand Merchant Bank.

Shortly after starting his PhD thesis, Jordaan saw an advertisement for a Rand Merchant Bank (RMB) programme in the newspaper, which came in the form of a riddle.

According to Jordaan the riddle was as follows:

Archie and Ben were two professional golfers and keen rivals.

One day during a game, they had each scored 30 when Ben hit a bad shot.

Archie immediately added 10 to his own score. Archie then hit a good shot and he had won the game. Why?

Jordaan explained that the riddle’s answer was of course that the two golfers were actually playing a game of tennis.

Following a rigorous interview process, Jordaan landed a job as a trainee at RMB’s ‘Class Of’ programme, allowing him to be exposed to various parts of merchant banking – as well as a challenging, dynamic, and innovative culture at the company.

Within ten years he was appointed CEO of First National Bank where he continued to make a name for himself as an innovative and creative thinker.

You can listen to the full podcast on 702’s website here.


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Here’s the riddle Michael Jordaan had to solve to get his big interview with RMB