Interview Tip: How to Handle a Lunch Interview
February 27th, 2009 by lewisTweet
Alison Doyle, About.com’s Job Searching Guide, offers some tips on how to handle lunch interviews. Lunch (or dinner) interviews are tough. The old saying is true, you shouldn’t talk and eat at the same time. But unfortunately, job candidates rarely have a choice, so here are my tips on how to do your best in a tough situation:
- Don’t expect to eat anything at lunch. Sure, you’ll order lunch and have a few bites here and there. However, you don’t want to give your interviewer the impression that you’d rather eat than answer his “What’s your biggest weakness?” question. The corporate cafeteria calzone may look delicious, but resist the temptation! You’re at the interview to get a job.
- Choose a quiet location. Let the interviewer choose the lunch location but request that it be a quiet location. It’d be a shame if the rowdy rugby fans at local pub silenced your perfect answer to the “Tell me about yourself” question.
- Bring water and snacks. Don’t let an empty stomach ruin your post-lunch interviews. Bring your own food and water; nibble and replenish in between interviews.
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