A boss revealed a “coffee cup test” they always use during job interviews – and it has nothing to do with aptitude.

As well as checking the candidate has skills to take on a role, they want to check how they’ll fit into the work environment.

And as we all know, being considerate is important when you’re working with others.

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So how do they check if applicants are team players?

Trent Innes, the CEO of software company Compono, told The Venture podcast: "I will always take you for a walk down to one of our kitchens and somehow you always end up walking away with a drink.

"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?"

Those who pick up their used mugs – and take them to be washed up – are more likely to be team players.

It also shows they have consideration for others working in the same environment.

Meanwhile, the CEO sees it as a red flag to leave cups on the table.

This could suggest the applicant doesn’t care about others in the company.

Trent added: "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'".


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