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Beer testFor job seekers, it’s a challenge to stay on top of the latest recruitment trends. One week it’s CVs printed on balloons and sent into space, the next it’s video interviews and soft skills assessments.

Now, it seems to be The Beer Test.

What is The Beer Test?

The Beer Test involves employers inviting a candidate to join the team for lunch or a drink, in order to test-drive them and see if they can get on with colleagues in a more relaxed, social setting. Or there’s the hypothetical Beer Test, whereby a hiring-manager simply asks themselves the question: “would I like to go for a drink with this person?”

For the employers, this is a way to see whether a candidate will be a good culture fit with their organisation. It can also allow them to gather the opinions of other team members on that potential candidate.

As a job-seeker, how can you benefit from The Beer Test? 

Start by asking yourself the same question: “would I like to go for a drink with this person/team?” If the answer is no, then it’s likely that the job isn’t a great fit for you. We spend around 90,000 hours of our lives working, so it’s important to find a job that you enjoy! If you’re surrounded by people who you don’t enjoy spending time with, then it’s unlikely that you will remain motivated or driven in that role for long. Why waste time with jobs that aren’t right for you?

“Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do.” Steve Jobs (1955-2011)

Have you ever sat down and considered what your ideal work environment would look like, feel like, sound like?

Find your ideal career, not just a job.

Job-seeking is an exhausting, disheartening and often confidence-knocking process. Why go through it time after time? Many of our clients come to us feeling lost having been made redundant, or simply feeling dissatisfied or disengaged with their current jobs. They aren’t sure where to go or what to do with their careers.

Using the Language and Behavioural Profile (LAB Profile) allows us to pick up on the core emotional response and triggers we all have at work and turn these into words you can use on your CV and in networking situations to articulate what you are good at and enjoy doing. In a nutshell, it allows us to discover what motivates you, and therefore determine which jobs your skills and motivations would be best suited to.

When it comes to interviews and/or The Beer Test, the LAB Profile can also become an invaluable language tool. A few simple tricks will allow you to use language in its most powerful form, in order to influence others and even secure your dream role. There’s no test, no questionnaire, no lengthy process. All you need is a relaxed 45 minute chat with a LAB Profile Master Practitioner such as Katherine, followed by an in-depth feedback session.

Is it time to learn a new tool to help your job search or to identify your ideal career? Remember, it’s not just employers who can benefit from the social aspects of The Beer Test. Cheers to that!

Would you like to find out more about the LAB Profile and how it could improve your job search? Get in touch with Katherine today, or find our what our clients have to say: 

“I found your profiling to be very in-depth and believe it to be an accurate account of how I feel currently and how I work.”  Dr. Mark O’Connor PhD 


“Working though my LAB Profile with Katherine has identified what my key motivation and working traits are.  Not only did this highlight why I wasn’t enjoying my previous role it also highlighted clearly what I need to be looking at in a new role.” Sarah Stones

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