Do you have the secret & # 39; coffee cup test & # 39; failed during a job interview? Boss reveals the sneaky tactics he uses to decide who to rent
- Boss reveals something that he looks for a potential employee during a job interview
- Xero Australia's director, Trent Innes, said he refused to hire someone who did not offer to return their empty coffee cup to the sink
- He said the test gives him a snapshot of the & # 39; attitude & # 39; and & # 39; property & # 39; of the person
A boss has revealed what he is looking for in a potential employee – and it has nothing to do with your resume, skills or company knowledge.
The director of Xero Australia, Trent Innes, said he refuses to hire someone who does not offer to take their empty coffee cup to the kitchen at the end of a job interview with him.
The head of the ASX-listed accounting software firm said his insidious tactic gives him a snapshot of the & # 39; attitude & # 39; and & # 39; property & # 39; of the person.
Before starting his interview, Mr. Innes said that he usually takes the candidate to the kitchen where they get a glass of water, coffee, tea or soda.
Xero Australia's director, Trent Innes (photo), said he refuses to hire someone who doesn't offer to take their coffee cup to the kitchen at the end of an interview with him
& # 39; I'm probably giving away all of my dark secrets now & # 39 ;, Innes said in the Venture Podcast with Lambros Photios.
& # 39; But when you come in and have an interview, as soon as you come in and meet me, I will always take you to one of our kitchens and somehow you always end up with a drink away.
& # 39; Then we take that back, we have an interview and one of the things I'm always looking for is at the end of the interview, does the person doing the interview want to take that empty cup back to the kitchen?
& # 39; You can develop skills, you can gain knowledge and experience, but it really comes down to attitude and the attitude we talk about a lot is the concept of washing your own coffee cup. & # 39;
The boss revealed what he is looking for in a potential employee – and it has nothing to do with your resume or knowledge of the company (stock image)
By implementing his approach, Mr. Innes said that his secret technique was to ensure that he would find the perfect employee that fits the culture of his company.
& # 39; So what I was trying to find was what the lowest level task I could find, regardless of what you did in the organization, was still of the utmost importance, which would actually promote a culture of ownership, & # 39; he said.
& # 39; When you come into the office one day in Xero, you see that the kitchens are almost always clean and sparkling, and it is very much the idea of washing your coffee cup that led to the interview room.
& # 39; You really want to know for sure that you have people who really have a sense of ownership and that is what I was looking for.
& # 39; Attitude and level of ownership, especially in a really fast-growing environment as we have experienced it and still at this stage. We want to ensure that we have people with real, strong ownership and a gross attitude.
& # 39; It simply ensures that they really fit into the culture within Xero and really record everything they should do. & # 39;
By implementing his approach, Mr. Innes said that his secret technique was to ensure that he would find the perfect employee that fits the culture of his company
During the interview process, Mr. Innes said that attitude was the most important trait he believed in when he engaged people.
& # 39; Especially in a fast-growing company or a start-up environment or a scalable environment – you need people with a very strong growth attitude and that is reflected in their attitude, & # 39; he said.
Surprisingly, Mr. Innes said that only five to ten percent of those interviewed did not offer to return their empty coffee cup to the kitchen.
& # 39; It is really a pleasant thing that a large majority of people do (offer). I don't always have them taken back, it's just an offer and most of the time I'd naturally take it back for them – it's just the feeling of offering, & he said.
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