Peter had been nervous about this job interview and with good reason — he had been out of work for a couple of months and he and his wife were struggling to make ends meet. They had been both doing some freelance work on the side and they were grateful for that but this job would make an immense difference in their lives for the better.
It had been going pretty well and Peter sat and looked as the interviewer looked over his C.V.
The interviewer said, “I must say I am quite pleased with your qualifications and it seems you would be a great fit for the organization.”
Peter said, “Thank you.”
“That being the case, there is one final question that I need to ask you. What house are you in?”
“I beg your pardon?”
The interviewer poured water into a short glass. “You’re familiar with the Harry Potter books and films, surely?”
“I am, but I don’t see how this…”
“And being familiar with Potter lore, I imagine you may have found yourself taking online tests… like ones that determine in which house the famous Sorting Hat would sort you, if you were a student at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.”
Peter took the large glass pitcher and poured some water for himself before taking a sip. Was this a joke?
“I’m afraid that I don’t know the tests you are referring to, sir.”
“Well Peter,” the interviewer said, “There is no real sorting hat to speak of, naturally. What these online tests do is to ask you a series of questions and based on what kind of person the test determines you to be, it sorts you into the appropriate house. We would like to know what house would be appropriate for you.”
Peter looked at the the interviewer, who did not blink.
“Is this really necessary? It doesn’t seem like it is at all relevant to…”
“Peter let me take you to one of our empty cubicles. I have a computer set up and you can take the test right there.”
“I’m a Slytherin! A Slytherin, okay?”
The interviewer looked over the paperwork in front of him and shook his head, making some marks.
“Thank you for coming in,” said the interviewer, “while we were really looking for a Hufflepuff, we will certainly be in contact with you should an appropriate position become available.”
They never called.