Post # 1
So I have an interview tomorrow, and it is over lunch. I’m kind of excited because it sounds like it will be for a higher-paying job with more flexiblity, I already work with the owner occasionally for one of my side-jobs and he knows other people who have worked with me (and vouched for me.)
Plus it helps that I don’t mind my current job so I’m not too stressed about it, and we have tomorrow off so I didn’t have to sneak out of work for the interview 🙂
However, I have never had an interview over a meal and I am kind of nervous about it. Any tips on handling the lunch interview?
Post # 2
Don’t order booze, even if your host does.
Post # 3
Don’t start the meal without the host eating first.
Post # 4
From my head-hunter friend:
Don’t order any booze. Let the host order first to get an idea of what price point to go with. Don’t order any pasta or anything else that can potentially be messy. Try to stick with something that’s not too smelly either. Order an entree rather than a salad. Be relaxed (which it sounds like you already are, so yeah!) and take smaller bites of food.
Basically, I consider lunch interviews to be really similar to first dates – you don’t want to order the cheapest/most expensive item on the menu or anything that’s going to get stuck in your teeth. Good luck!
Post # 5
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Remember your manners, don’t talk with your mouth full, napkin in lap, etc. seems like a no brainer, but it’s easy to forget! Also, don’t eat too fast, but your bites can actually give you time to pause and think of really great answers to questions (take a bite while they ask questions use the time to fully chew your food and pause to think of your answer so you don’t have those awkward umm moments).
Post # 6
Great tips! It’s an Italian place, so lots of pasta. But I’ve already checked out the menu and have found a couple options that hopefully won’t be too messy 🙂
Good point about having more time to think! That’s definitely a perk.