The young accountancy graduate, fresh out of university and knowing everything, applied for his first job in a large form of accountants.
The partner interviewing him asked what starting salary he was looking for.
The young man replied: “Around £100,000 a year, plus usual benefits.”
The partner responded: “Well, how does this sound? Five weeks annual leave, 15% non contributory pension, reimbursed expenses - no questions asked, free attendance at an overseas conference every year with your partner, all mobile and home telephone bills reimbursed, gym membership, friday night entertainment and a company car replaced every 20,000 miles, say a Mercedes convertible.”
The graduate sat up straight and tried not to look excited. “Wow. Are you kidding?”
Which earned the response: “I'm afraid so, but you started it.”