10 Tips to Master a Lunch Interview
What are the top 10 tips needed to master a lunch interview? Learn what to order and how you should act along with the differences between a lunch interview and a regular interview.
Tips for a Successful Lunch InterviewThis guide walks you through the steps required to take control of your lunch interview, to be at your best and make the recruiter aware that you are a valuable applicant.
Navigate Your Way Through a Successful Lunch Interview
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You Too Can Master Your Lunch InterviewIn a business lunch interview you are being judged on more than just a resume. Even the choice of meal can speak for you in this setting, you want it to say, “I know what I'm doing.” So follow these tips to increase your chances of success to improve your chances of getting hired.
- Find out what restaurant you will be going to in advance and scope out the menu so that you come prepared with what you are going to order. You don't want to waste time worrying about that when you're there.
- Dress as professionally as you would for a normal interview.
- Arrive early and check to see if your interviewer has already arrived. If not, wait in the lobby in a place where they will be able to see you easily. Never wait in the bar that type of setting is unprofessional.
- Drink Order: Avoid any kind of alcoholic beverage and stick to something simple like water or iced tea. Never drink using a straw or directly from the bottle.
- Meal Order: Neither order the most expensive or the least expensive dish on the menu.
You should stay away from large portions, stinky, or loud foods, all these characteristics will be a distraction in the interviewing process. Here is a list of the top foods to avoid:
Long pasta (like spaghetti,) ribs, crab or lobster, messy sandwiches, and any type of finger food.
- Eating: Do not eat too fast and eat as quietly as possible. Obviously you should chew with your mouth closed. Steer clear of dipping the bread in your meal or dragging the fork along the plate. You might be nervous during this, but try to eat at least half of your meal and never ask to take any of the food home with you. The goal is to try to eat without drawing attention to your eating activities. You are not there to gain sustenance but to speak with the employer. This is not to say you shouldn't eat that would appear to be odd, but keep your focus where it belongs.
- Sit up straight and try to take small bites to avoid awkward pauses between questions, but do allow some time to pass because you can use it to think of answers to all the questions.
- Only order a dessert if your interviewer does. You don't know if they have other plans after this and ordering a dessert will hold them up.
- Neatly fold your napkin and place it next to your plate when you are finished.
- Let the interviewer pay because they invited you, but ALWAYS thank them! It is important to show them that you are courteous and polite.