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I interviewed in Peterborough, England (UK) and was asked:
"Can you say: "Peter Pepper Picked a Pickled Pepper" and cross-sell a washing machine at the same time?"
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Yes.
- Interview Candidate on Mar 19, 2012 Flag Response
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No, I am not a washing machine salesmen.
- Alan on Jan 17, 2013 Flag Response
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First, it is actually "Peter Piper picked a PECK OF pickled peppers."
Next, you can't pick pickled peppers. You must pick the peppers first, THEN you pickle them. So more accurately, you could say that "Peter Piper picked a peck of pickling peppers."
But, I suppose if Peter Piper picked some pickled peppers from a pile of pickled peppers on a table or from a pepper pot packed with peppers, then he would be picking the pickled peppers. The trick of the question is the assumption they are being picked from a vine, rather from a vendor's cart.
As for how many… a peck is 8 quarts, and many people will "can" their pickles in quart jars, so fully depending on the size of your pickle (no snickering), just take a jar-full and multiply it by 8.
In short, if Peter Piper picked a peck of pickled peppers (from a vendors cart), he would have picked 8 jars of pickles. Probably stocking up for a long winter.
- Glen on Jan 17, 2013 Flag Response
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Although I am clearly qualified to multi-task, I would be doing my client a disservice by providing them with alliteration when they would seem to be more interested in the features and benefits of a potential product.
- Emiri on Jan 17, 2013 Flag Response
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Depends, what's the washing machine buying?
- Bob on Jan 17, 2013 Flag Response
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If you have a washing machined called a "Pickled Pepper" then I'm sure I could convince a customer to buy one based on Peter Piper's recent purchase.
- Rich on Jan 17, 2013 Flag Response
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Doing that doesn't really seem very appropriate.
- Anonymous on Jan 17, 2013 Flag Response
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Will I be selling washing machines will on break?
- Shane on Jan 17, 2013 Flag Response
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I checked out your company Web site before the interview and did not see that you sold washers. (in a very dead pan tone of voice)
- Louis on Jan 18, 2013 Flag Response
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Yes of course. The washing machine probably doesn't actually need a cross, but after I impress it with my fancy allieration skills, I'm sure I can close the sale!
- Jim on Jan 18, 2013 Flag Response
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This washing machine is so fast that by the time you say "Peter Pepper Picked a Pickled Pepper' your clothes will be clean!
- Mariana on Jan 19, 2013 Flag Response
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Great answer Mariana!
- Xenia on Jan 22, 2013 Flag Response
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Aye:
'Peter Pepper Picked a Pickled Pepper. Pickled Pepper plucked from Peter's pocket by picky pickpocket punkster. Stir stirred punkster stained his short sleeved sweaty shirt. Whiz washing machine winds up this nonsense wryly'
- Paul Tudor Oprea on Jan 23, 2013 Flag Response
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Yep! Twist tongue till makes my job done.
- CC on Jan 25, 2013 Flag Response
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I thought it was marketing question, when I saw it was for call center job.. now I understand how tough a call center job is or a PROs job... but why cross selling!
- pp on Jan 31, 2013 Flag Response
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- pp on Jan 31, 2013 Flag Response
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Can you repeat that question?
- really on Mar 4, 2013 Flag Response
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Absolutely!
- Anon on Apr 21, 2013 Flag Response

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