If the OP had stated “Suppose you’re in a job interview and your prospective boss asks you the following question…” that would have been a completely different context.
FWIW, I reject the idea that a employers would rather hire someone who plunges ahead with imperfect information rather than asking for clarification. For example, if a customer brings a key into my locksmith shop and says “This key doesn’t work; make me another one.”… I’d be rather disappointed if one of my employees just went and duplicated the key without asking for more clarification. I can think of at least 4 different scenarios, all of which might be described by the customer with the words “This key doesn’t work.”
#1 Last week, the customer brought in a working key to be duplicated, we made a mistake and copied it onto the wrong key blank, and the duplicate won’t go into the lock at all.
#2 Last week, the customer brought in a working key to be duplicated, we didn’t clamp it into the vise properly, and the duplicate key goes into the lock but only turns if you wiggle it.
#3 Last week, the customer brought in a worn key which only works when you wiggle it, asking us to duplicate the key, our key machine was slightly miscalibrated, and the duplicate goes in but it doesn’t work at all, even if you wiggle it.
#4 The customer just bought a new car and it came with just one key (not made by us) and this key only works if you wiggle it.
Those four scenarios would be resolved in four very different ways, using various machines and different techniques. And I’m sure there are more than just the four I thought of, off the top of my head.
I would want my employee to ask for clarification about exactly how the key “doesn’t work” and where the key came from, before deciding which course of action to take to try to fix the problem. How can you fix a problem if you don’t even know what the problem is?