Job-Hunt.org just published a fabulous, practical guide on optimizing a breakfast, lunch, or dinner job interview.
The article made me think about the biggest mistake you can make at a meal-based job interview. I realized, “Simple answer, it’s scheduling that type of interview at all!”
The Fundamental Problem with Eating & Interviewing
There’s a fundamental problem with eating during an interview. You go to an interview to talk, to share information about yourself. That’s so much easier to do when your mouth is empty.
I used to schedule breakfast and lunch interviews with candidates. I stopped because I noticed:
- They didn’t get to finish their meals.
- I didn’t get all of the information I needed from them.
How to Avoid Eating & Interviewing
When you get a meal-based interview invitation, be upfront about your concern:
Say, “It’s hard for me to talk with my mouth full. Can we schedule an alternate time? If not, will you be comfortable if I just order coffee and a snack so I can answer your questions?”
This lets you either completely avoid the meal-based interview, or sets you up to feel comfortable ordering lightly.
Do you want to look like Betsy Salkind in this slightly NSFW video:
When is Eating & Interviewing OK?
You can feel good about sharing a meal with a potential colleague(s) when you’re into the “let’s get to know each better” stage of the selection process.
At that point, because the conversation will be less formal, say, “Yes!” and follow the good advice from on Job-Hunt.org.
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