Oftentimes when people hear about job interviews they think about those held in offices behind closed doors and with senior management or recruiters. That may be the case for many but certainly not for all. One can also be held in the middle of lunch or dinner. At first thought it may sound better but once you put your mind to it, such can be a tad bit trickier than the regular one. Don’t get nervous though and don’t let those jitters make you choke on your food! Here are expert tricks from Cowes on acing your lunch or dinner interview!
Tip # 1: Know the place the interview is to be held. Research the restaurant. Know what kind of food they serve and what they have on the menu. Learn how to pronounce those menu items too. You want to be knowledgeable on even the simplest things. It will be part of the conversation one way or another.
Tip # 2: Brush up on your dining etiquette. This is not only for good manners sake. It will also show how well knowledgeable you are so better know where to place that napkin and which silverware to use for what. Practice it on your own as well so it becomes second nature rather than obviously staged. At the same time remember to keep elbows out, mouth shut when full and courtesy both to the interviewer and your servers.
Tip # 3: Dress appropriately. You still want to keep it formal and presentable just as you do with regular interviews but it is also advisable to take note of the place where you are holding it in which brings us back to number one.
Tip # 4: Avoid ordering messy foods. These are those that are hard to eat without making any weird noises or creating accidental food spills and splotches on your shirt. Examples would be lobsters, ribs, chicken wings and most pasta dishes. To make less mess while eating, slice your food into tiny bite sized pieces. Never use your hands. Keep your food item simple and don’t get the priciest item on the menu!
Tip # 5: Don’t be late. This one is a no brainer. No matter what kind of interview you will be having, always arrive on time, the earlier the better.
Tip # 6: Remember to eat enough but not too much. Cowes reminds applicants that eating very little shows anxiety and nerves but eating too fast and too much will also make you look famished and hungry. You don’t want either of that.