Company Now Doing ‘Secret Test’ Before Hiring Workers

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( – In May 2019, Trent Innes from Australia revealed his interview personality test during an appearance on “The Venture Podcast with Lambros Photios.” During the episode, he revealed his “coffee cup test” that he had used throughout his time as a Xero managing director. Xero is a New Zealand-based software company.

As he explained during the interview, he would escort candidates to the kitchen office and offer them either a cup of coffee or a different beverage before starting off the interview.  The candidates who did not offer to return the empty cups to the kitchen after the interview were unlikely to receive a job offer, according to Innes.

As he explained, there are many skills that can be developed, and experience and knowledge can be gained, but the deciding factor is attitude. He added that this is the attitude that would have you “wash your coffee cup.” He proceeded to argue that this test is a great way of figuring out which job candidates would not be a good fit for their workplace. He then concluded by saying that the majority of people tended to pass the interview test.

However, many social media users have questioned whether this technique is actually indicator of whether or not a candidate is a good fit for a job, with some even calling it “manipulative.”

One user on TikTok pointed out that it was weird to wash your cup after an interview in a place where you are the guest. They added that they would most likely just ask what they should do with the cup.

A different user similarly pointed out that they would offer if they were in the kitchen, but that they would not take the cup around the office that they don’t yet work in.

What do you think? Is this a fair assessment of character? Should tests like Innes’ be the deciding factor as to whether or not you get hired by a certain employer?

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