Interviewing over a meal?

Dreaming of those messy pancakes you ate last week?
Perfect! Tomorrow you will be taken to a lavish restaurant, as you have a breakfast (or potentially lunch or dinner) interview, so you’ll order them there.

Right? Wrong! (Unless you have immaculate table manners and won’t drop a thing on your shirt).

Interviewing over meals is becoming an increasingly popular recruiting method. Some interviewers are so busy that meeting you for lunch is the only way to fit it in their schedule.

Also, taking you to breakfast, lunch, or dinner provides the interviewer with a chance to check out your communication and interpersonal skills, as well as your table manners, in a more casual environment than an office setting.
Good manners will give you an advantage over other candidates – it pays to review basic dining etiquette.

When you order, don’t select the most expensive item on the menu – this may come off as very crass behavior. Also avoid food that is messy or difficult to eat gracefully – you want your interviewers to focus on your conversation, not the way you are eating.

And of course, at the end of the meal, thank your interviewers for their time.

Let’s do this!