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Lunch Interview

Date Posted: 19/Sep/2013


A lunch interview is simply an interview held over lunch. It takes a different approach and different preparation. The interview will probably be slightly longer than normal.

Lunch Interview Etiquette:

Do not worry too much about lunch interview etiquette, employers are more interested in your ability to do the job rather than your table manners although a certain level of education and manners have to be shown. If you follow the normal table manners you will be fine unless VIP dining is part of the job.

Do not:

  • Sneeze on food.
  • Dunk bread in soup.
  • Be rude to the waiter.
  • Get drunk.
  • Place elbows on table.
  • Speak with your mouth full of food.
  • Chew with your mouth open.

Lunch interview Tips:

  • Check out the restaurant. The menu could be on their web site. If not, stop by and have a look.
  • Choose a small, light meal. You will be talking more than the interviewer so he will finish first.
  • Avoid meals which will give you a strong breath.
  • Avoid meals which require a lot of chewing.
  • Avoid things that have a lot of fluid, such as soups etc.
  • Avoid things that are hard to eat such as lobster, oysters and the like.
  • Give more attention to the interviewer and less to your lunch.
  • Make sure your lips are clean and wipe them often.
  • Choose something in the same price range as your interviewer.
  • Do not complain about the food.
  • Do not drink alcohol during your lunch interview.
  • If unpredictable situations happen during the lunch interview stay composed and show a sense of humor.
  • Follow the what to wear for a job interview guide.

The Bill:

  • If the interviewer requested a lunch interview he will pick up the bill
  • If you have initiated contact and requested a lunch meeting then the bill is yours

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