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C​offee cup trick used by employers - misleading or genius?

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26 June 2019 by Rachel Whalley
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Interview Recruitment

We’ve all been there, you go into an interview and they offer you a drink. Some ask for a tea or coffee, or if you are like me you’ll ask for a water for fear of knocking it over! However one employer is using this nicety as a way of screening their candidates.

As the Manchester Evening News reports, a job interview is essentially a back and forth dance between an employer and a potential employee to convince one another they are a good fit. Except this employer has added in a new step.

They call it the coffee cup trick and it’s apparently been used by software company Zero Australia in every single interview carried out by X. Whenever a potential candidate comes in for an interview, he will deliberate take them on a tour resulting in them coming away from the kitchen with a hot drink. Once the interview is over, they will watch the candidate to see if they offer or attempt to take their empty mug away.

Put simply if they leave the cup, they won’t get the job.

It might seem a little harsh on the surface, but he said “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 own coffee cup”.”

So lesson learnt, always do your washing up!