What Is a Safe Meal Choice When You Are Taken Out on a Job Interview? | NoBSJobSearchAdvice.com

EP 1250 What should you order and not order with they interview you over lunch or dinner?

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So the question is, "What is a nice safe meal choice when you are taken out on a job interview?"

The classic suggestion people make is order the same thing the hiring manager does. I am not a big fan of that. I want you to think of the logic system of here. There with me while I walk through it.

Obviously, you don't want to be eating a lot of hand food like barbecued ribs. It is just messy. You can't look good chomping on a rib. You just can't look good. Even if you are taken to a barbecue place and they are telling you that the ribs are great, you can always respond by saying, "I know! And it's an interview. I can't look like a barbarian in front of you," And tease them back.

The advice I usually give people in terms of safety is (1) avoid the drinks. Let them have an alcoholic drink. You stay on bottled water. You stay with seltzer and lemon. I want you to have your wits about you.

2. I want you have a couple of different choices of things to order. Asked them for advice and asked them for degree of guidance, but wait for them to order. If they encourage you to order 1st,Respond by saying, "I'm having a hard time choosing between a few different things and I'm looking for you to give to give me some clarity here." Basically, what I want to do is to have 2 or 3 different things in mind and, based upon what they order, pick something that you would have, not the same thing about something you would have that might be similar.

The ideal thing is, "knife and fork food." Show good manners here. If they are going to order an appetizer, entrée and dessert, order an appetizer, entrée make a decision about dessert later. You can stick with coffee or tea or continue with the bottom water or seltzer. Whatever it is, just keep it simple for yourself.

You want to be sitting there while they are eating. You may leave them feeling uncomfortable. By the same token, you don't want to be over eating, so pick things that are lighter rather than heavier. They have a you you are, the less likely you will be crisp in your answers.

Again, be well mannered. Knife and fork, not picking it up like the whims example I gave you. You always want to look polished, professional ,, and remember that the goal is to be presenting yourself in a polished way, eating properly, not acting like a barbarian. Not over eating. Not taking advantage of their expense account. You want to have manners.

Again, no drinks. Have a similar type of food to what they are ordering. Similar quantity. I think it's more likely with women (if that seems sexist, I apologize) you might have a large salad at certain types of lunches and you can get away with it and guys are less likely to. I tend not to worry about women in this regard; it's more men who are not coaches of what to do.

Like I said, entrée, appetizer (if they are ordering an appetizer). If they're having an appetizer, make it salad. Make a decision for yourself about what makes sense at the front end of the meal. Then go for An entrée similar to theirs, but not identical.


Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter is a career and leadership coach who worked as a recruiter for more than 40 years. He is the host of “No

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