Reading, England — Some people like to take a break from work with a quick bite of chocolate. But what if a quick bite of chocolate was your work?
That is the opportunity being offered by Mondelez, the company that makes Cadbury chocolates and Oreo cookies and is hiring part-time tasters to test its products.
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At first glance, the job description could hardly be better: Get paid to taste candy, chocolate and cookies. More than 4,000 applicants have submitted resumes for just two openings since the roles were advertised and promoted on social media.
But, Mondelez insists, those hoping for an easy opportunity to stuff their faces — for money, at least — should think again.
Applicants must go through three days of vetting at the company's consumer research center in this city just outside London. The process calls for them to spend two and a half hours a day having their taste buds put to the test, as they try to join around 60 tasters who already work for Mondelez.
It's no easy task.