The coffee cup test that can cost you your job interview

This coffee cup test can cost you your job interview

Passing this coffee cup test could land you your next job! 

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women drinking coffee in the office

Job interviews can be very tricky. 

Most potential employers do not only look at your qualifications, but several things can contribute to whether you get the job or not. 

Victoria Devine, founder and host of the 'She's on the Money' podcast, says she has a clever way of looking at whether people pay attention to detail by including a test at the end of her job advertisement. 

“In my job descriptions, if I’m advertising on LinkedIn, halfway through it will explain in the ‘About You’ section it’ll be like ‘you need to have a high attention to detail,’” she explained.

“Then it will say, ‘You understand that to apply for this job you have to use the email that’s at the bottom of this advertisement and address it to Victoria, and send an email directly including a cover letter’ … and whatever I’m asking for.”

She says those who don't adhere to the instruction are automatically disqualified. 

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Another popular trick that is used by employers is the coffee cup test. 

This test was first made popular by Trent Innes, the Chief Growth Officer at SiteMinder - the world's leading hotel commerce platform.

During an interview on business podcast, 'The Venture', the businessman said he would ensure that those who came for interviews go to the kitchen for a cup of coffee.

"I always take you for a walk down to one of our kitchens and somehow you always end up walking away with a drink.

"Then we take that back, have our interview, and one of the things I'm always looking for at the end of the interview is, does the person doing the interview want to take that empty cup back to the kitchen? You can develop skills, you can gain knowledge and experience but it really does come down to attitude, and the attitude that we talk a lot about is the concept of 'wash your coffee cup'," he said. 

 "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 of that concept of wash your coffee cup. It's really just making sure that they're actually going to fit into the culture inside Xero, and really take on everything that they should be doing."

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