Dinner Job Interview

A lunch or dinner interview evaluates your professional competencies and social skills. Despite its seemingly casual nature, remember that it remains a formal interview setting, where every action and word is scrutinized. While business discussions may or may not occur, it’s essential to follow the host’s lead and avoid asking questions that could cause discomfort.

Here are some key considerations for navigating a dinner interview:

  • Wait for the host and other guests to arrive before taking your seat.
  • Select a dish that is neither messy nor overly expensive.
  • Expect the host to cover the meal expenses without debating over the check.
  • Eat slowly to maintain decorum while keeping pace with others.
  • Place your utensils on the side of the plate between bites, not beside it.
  • Refrain from using a toothpick or picking your teeth in front of others.
  • Politely request permission before leaving the table, and remember to move your chair forward.
  • Avoid complaining about the service or food, as it poorly reflects your manners.
  • Chew with your mouth closed and refrain from talking or drinking with a full mouth.
  • If others are having alcoholic beverages, it’s acceptable for you to do so, too, but always drink responsibly and in moderation.

Remember, you’re being evaluated throughout the entire interview process, from when you receive the invitation to when you leave. Professionalism and proper etiquette are essential at every step.

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