There are indeed many cute tricks that can be used to interview potential workers – like this coffee cup one. Yet the moment the trick is revealed it stops working – as with so many tricks. Because anyone applying will know of the trick and already know the correct answer to the trick.
And can the employer set traps for the other party to navigate or fall through that will let them know if this interviewee is a great future recruit? This employer thinks he has the perfect trap – the ‘coffee cup trick’. Metro reports that Trent Innes of software firm Zero Australia uses the trick in every single interview. Whenever someone comes in for an interview, Trent will take them on a walk deliberately past the kitchen and make sure they come away with a hot drink. After the interview is all done, Trent watches to see if the person offers or attempts to take the empty coffee/tea cup back to the kitchen.
Well, OK. Interesting, even useful as a guide to personal attitudes:
“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’.”
Great, except that Trent now has to find a new trick as he’s plastered this one over the newspapers of the world. That’s the thing about tricks, they only work if people don’t know they’re tricks. For example, no Chancellor can inflate the British Government out of the debt it owes because they did that once, ruined a generation of savers in Gilts. They’ve had to issue inflation linked gilts now because such tricks only work the one time, until people know about them.