Britain's queen is hiring a housekeeper, but you'll need to spot a dead fly hidden in Windsor Castle to get the job
- Britain's Queen Elizabeth is hiring a housekeeper at Windsor Castle, but interviewees will have to spot a dead fly hidden in plain sight to be in with a chance.
- According to Tracey Waterman, who is in charge of recruiting housekeepers for royal households, this is done in order to test an applicant's "attention to detail."
- Speaking on the Channel 5 documentary "Sandringham: The Royals at Christmas," she said: "It's a great test, maybe out of 10 people half the candidates will notice the fly. One out of 10 will actually bend down and pick it up, that's the special housekeeper."
- The official job description states that while previous experience is not essential, applicants must have "attention to detail."
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Britain's queen is hiring a housekeeper at Windsor Castle - and while you don't need experience to get the job, candidates should have a good eye for detail if they want to make an impression.
In order to pass the interview with Tracey Waterman, head of housekeeping recruitment at the royal household, candidates must spot the dead fly she's hidden in plain sight.
"The difference between housekeeper in a five-star hotel and in a royal palace would be attention to detail," Waterman said on the Channel 5 documentary, "Sandringham: The Royals at Christmas."
"One of the tests I like to do, to see if a candidate has potential eye for detail, is to place a dead fly, either in the fireplace or on the carpet. Once the dead fly is placed, I then bring the candidate into the room.
"I lead them into the room, quite slowly, just giving them a chance to glance at the room, have a little look at what we've got inside the room," she added.
"Bringing them to the fireplace, maybe highlighting that we've got a beautiful fireplace. At this point I'd expect them to see the dead fly, and hopefully pick it up.
"It's a great test, maybe out of 10 people half the candidates will notice the fly. One out of 10 will actually bend down and pick it up, that's the special housekeeper," she said.
The job description also describes the ideal candidate as someone who has "attention to detail."
Previous housekeeping or hospitality experience is described as advantageous, but "not essential."
"We're more interested in your proactive approach and ability to tackle new challenges," the description reads.
Applications on the royal household's website close on January 19.
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