"Coffee Cup": Secret Psychological Test That Can Make You Fail The Interview
June 10, 2019 21:13 By Fabiosa
Each boss has their own criteria for choosing employees. Some employers value work experience and skills above all, others pay more attention to the qualities like stress-resistance or the ability to think outside the box. One inventive director came up with his own way of testing candidates.
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The company "Xero Australia" holds interviews with talented young people boasting flawless resumes daily. But sometimes, the amount of knowledge, experience, and references might be not enough in the huge competitive pool. The managing director Trent Innes came up with a secret test that helps to find out personality traits of future employees.
Before the interview, he leads a candidate to the office kitchen and offers to take one of the drinks along: water, tea, or coffee. Most people go with the latter.
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After this, Innes and the candidate go to the office where interviews take place.
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The tricky test starts after the conversation. If the potential employee offers to take the empty cup back to the kitchen, his candidacy will definitely be considered.
If you come into the office one day inside Xero, you’ll see the kitchens are almost always clean and sparkling and it’s very much off that concept of wash your coffee cup.
– shared Trent.
The director believes that skills can be developed, experience can be gained, but it's much more difficult to change an employee's personal qualities.
What do you think? Is it rational to judge candidates by the way they deal with a coffee cup? Does it really speak about their manners? Share your opinion in the comments below!