As I take a bite of my fully loaded burger, sauce covers the covers of my mouth, a tomato drops out onto my lap, and my hands are no longer sauce free.
No big deal, right? That’s why napkins were created.
What if this was during an interview?
Lunch interviews- the interview where you not only have to worry about more than what you’re saying, wearing, and presenting. Now you have to worry about what and how you are eating.
Do all normal interview prep. Research the company and the position available. Highlight your skills, past achievements, and how you’re an asset to the company. Dress like it is a typical interview.
You won’t have the ability to have your notes in front of you. Instead, you’ll have a plate of food. This means you should “study” your highlights more. Have them ready to go at the tip of your tongue. However, a professional courtesy, keep a copy of your resume in a folder with you. Offer said copy and any supplemental materials at the end of the interview.
Not only do you need to research your future employer (fingers crossed), researching the restaurant is important too. By checking out the menu ahead of time, it gives you more free time to have a naturally flowing conversation without your face in a menu.
Google what your interview looks like ahead of time. Arrive early, about 10 to 15 minutes, and wait in the lobby. This avoids the awkward peak around the host stand trying to figure out what he/she looks like and if he/she is there.
Food Selection ---> Order Strategically:
Keep it easy and clean. You want something that makes it easy to have a conversation while eating. Skip on the hand-held messy burger, sauce-covered wings, and stringy pasta. In fact, skip all hand-held and greasy foods. Employers will be eyeing your manners and how you present yourself in social settings. Messy food gives ample opportunity to embarrass yourself.
Absolutely no alcohol. Need I say more?
Although they will be paying the bill at the end of the meal, remain price conscious. If the interviewer orders 13$ meal, DO NOT order a 28$ Ribeye.
Be nice to everyone, especially your server. If you’re outwardly rude to a service employee, who is to say that you don’t act that way with clients and bosses.
Remember your manners.