7 Invisible Tricks Job Interviewers Use to Test You and Ace Your Interview

The Coffee Cup Test

One of the more recent additions to the arsenal of interview tricks is the “coffee cup” test. Trent Innes, the Head of the accounting software development company “Xero Australia,” popularized this method. At the start of the interview, the interviewer offers the candidate a cup of coffee. What follows next is the real test. How the candidate handles the cup can reveal a lot about their character and manners, often more than their responses to traditional interview questions.

Candidates might ask where to place the cup, leave it on the table, or take the initiative to wash it themselves in the office kitchen. This simple act can provide insight into how quickly the candidate might integrate into the team. If you find yourself in this situation, the best course of action is to demonstrate your teamwork skills by washing the cup after the interview.

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October 6, 2023 | 9:44 pm