If you can’t name a half-decent role model, you can’t work here

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An employer in Sweden asks potential hires a seemingly innocuous question, in order to gauge their values without running afoul of strict Swedish labor regulations that ban overly intrusive or personal inquiries.

It’s this: Aside from family members, who are your role models?

To a shockingly high degree, the interviewees can’t answer the question.

Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg takes part in a press conference on June 29, 2023, in Kyiv, Ukraine. (Vitalii Nosach/Global Images Ukraine via Getty Images)

They can’t think of a single human being they view as a role model, with the possible exception of climate activist Greta Thunberg, whose name comes up frequently.


The most satisfying answer, from the standpoint of the company, is prompt mention of an individual whose products

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