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What is the coffee cup test and how to beat it?

The “coffee cup test” is a hypothetical scenario that is sometimes used in job interviews to assess a candidate’s problem-solving skills and their ability to think on their feet. The interviewer may present a situation where the candidate is given a coffee cup and asked to come up with as many potential uses for the cup as possible.

To beat the coffee cup test, it is important to approach the question with a creative and open mind. Here are some tips:

  1. Ask questions: Before you start brainstorming ideas, clarify the context and purpose of the test with the interviewer. Ask questions like, “Is there a specific problem I’m trying to solve with this cup?” or “What are the limitations or constraints of this scenario?”
  2. Be creative: Don’t limit yourself to conventional uses for a coffee cup. Think outside the box and come up with unique, innovative ideas.
  3. Prioritize: After you’ve generated a list of ideas, prioritize them based on their feasibility, usefulness, and originality.
  4. Communicate your thought process: As you come up with ideas, explain how you arrived at each one and why you think it would be a good use for the cup. This will demonstrate your ability to think critically and communicate your ideas effectively.

Remember, the coffee cup test is not designed to have a “correct” answer. Instead, it’s an opportunity for you to showcase your problem-solving skills and creativity. Approach the task with confidence and a positive attitude, and you’ll be sure to impress your interviewer.

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