Careers & Employment Information


Mastering The Lunch Interview


Interviews can be nerve-racking, brain-draining, headache-inducing experiences. These days, recruiters have found a way to make the interview even more difficult by combining the experience with a meal. This means that in addition to listening to the interviewer, formulating intelligent responses, and trying your hardest to be confident, you now have pay attention to how you look while eating.

Interviews over lunch or dinner are an increasingly popular recruiting tool. This http://www.WorkTree.com career article gives you the need-to-knows of the meal interview.

1. Mind your manners
2. The dish dilemma
3. Consume and converse
4. Finish with a bang

1. MIND YOUR MANNERS

It may seem unnecessary to mention, but those basic table manners you were taught as a child still matter. In casual settings, poor manners are not always corrected. Therefore, you could have picked up some habits that your mother would be ashamed of and more likely than not, your interviewer probably will not be too be impressed by them either.

Here are just a few of the habits you should be mindful of during a meal interview:

- BE POLITE. In addition to evaluating your answers to questions, an interviewer is also assessing your personality. Be courteous and respectful to everyone, especially the wait staff. Words such as "please" and "thank you" speak worlds about your character.

- BE AWARE. Keeping you elbows on the table, chewing with your mouth open, talking with your mouth full all convey a negative impression. Pay attention to even your smallest actions.

- BE PREPARED. If you feel uncertain about your table manners, consult the experts. Emily Post's books on etiquette are considered to be among the definitive works on etiquette. There is no shame in doing research; after all, this is an interview.

2. THE DISH DILEMMA

Even though you are being treated to a nice meal, you are not free to order any dish you like. You are in an interview, and therefore, you have the duty of maintaining a certain level of professionalism and formality throughout the meal.

There are no definitive rules of food selection, and you may have to make a game-time decision. However, following these rules will help you steer clear of trouble:

- AVOID MESSES. Steer clear of foods that have to be eaten with your hands or have a tendency to splatter. It is hard to recover from the embarrassment of splashing your interviewer with spaghetti sauce, nor do you want to inadvertently adorn yourself with gravy or cream sauce. So stick to foods that can be cut into small pieces with a knife and fork.

- NO STENCHES. Avoid foods that have a strong or unpleasant order. You are better off having an interviewer not remember you at all rather than as the candidate with bad breath. So no matter how much you love onions and garlic, lay off the stinkers for one meal.

- KEEP IT QUIET. You need to be able to conduct a civil conversation. Avoid foods that are crunchy and noisy to eat. In a public setting there is a lot of noise that could drown out the voice of a person sitting across from you so try not to order food that would add to the problem.

- FOLLOW THE LEADER. You may be wondering if a menu item is priced too high or if to order an appetizer first, etc. The answer is to follow your interviewer's lead. Try to order food in the same price range as the interviewer and order the same number of courses. You do not want to be sitting idle while the recruiter is still eating.

3. CONSUME AND CONVERSE

You are at an interview and also dining out. This means you need to not only be talking, but also eating. It can sometimes be difficult to do both.

Try and keep these issues in mind when posed with the challenge of eating and talking at the same time:

- YOU ARE IN CONTROL. Don't feel so pressured to talk that you don't eat at all. This can be interpreted as nervousness.

- ASK QUESTIONS. When going to an interview, it is always a good idea to have questions. This will allow you get more information on the company and show that you have done your homework. During the meal interview, it will also give you the opportunity to actually eat as your interviewer responds to your questions.

4. FINISHING WITH A BANG Unlike that of a standard interview, the end of a meal interview does not just end with a handshake and a "Thank You". There are other things to keep in mind including:

- DON'T OFFER TO PAY. It's never expected of a job candidate, and you don't need to do it.

- NEVER ASK FOR A DOGGY BAG. No matter how delicious the meal was, requesting to take a portion of it home is not appropriate for the setting.

- REAFFIRM YOUR INTEREST. Let the interviewer know how much you would like to work for his/her company.

- A "Thank You" AND HANDSHAKE CAN'T HURT. As in any interview, don't forget to thank the interviewer for taking the time to meet with you. In addition, be sure to be gracious and say that you enjoyed the meal and end the interview with a firm handshake. Make sure to follow up with a thank you letter in the morning.

CONCLUSION

The meal interview is tricky, but not impossible. With a little guidance and a lot of confidence, you can sail through them with flying colors. Just try to keep these helpful hints in mind. Good luck and bon apptit!

We hope you found this edition helpful Selin, and we promise to bring you even more valuable career advice and tips next month.

This article can be read directly online at: http://www.worktree.com/newsletter/meal-lunch-interview.html

Sincerely,
Nathan Newberger,
Managing Editor
http://www.WorkTree.com
"Helping You Find More Jobs Faster"

Nathan Newberger is the job and career expert at http://www.WorkTree.com Nathan has over 10 years experience in staffing and human resources. He has worked both as a recruiter and career counselor. Mr. Newberger has been the Managing Editor at http://www.WorkTree.com for the past 5 years and his articles have helped thousands of job seekers.

Permission is granted to use reproduce this article but the article content cannot be altered and credit must be given to the author and also an active link to http://www.WorkTree.com


MORE RESOURCES:
ASC | PLU  Pacific Lutheran University

PLU recently combined its Alumni Office and Career Center to create the Alumni & Student Connections office, which supports each Lute in creating their own ...


8 Steps You Can Take To Support LGBTQ Colleagues This Pride Month  Forbes

This June is LBGTQ Pride Month--a time to consider steps you can take to support equal rights for LGBTQ colleagues.


A warning from the academic underground of adjuncts and contingent faculty  Science Magazine

Our Taken for Granted columnist discusses the pernicious exploitation that plagues academia.


Advice for Teenagers Looking for Summer Jobs  The New York Times

Five things to keep in mind for today's job search, which is often done both online and in person.


5 Alternatives to College for Both Young and Experienced Professionals  The Manual

If you're looking to change or advance your career, a four-year degree isn't always the best option. Here are five alternatives to college for young and ...


Lead Editor, Physical Review D , Employment | APS Physics  Physics

The American Physical Society is conducting an international search for a new Lead Editor of Physical Review D. The Lead Editor will provide intellectual ...


The highest paying jobs you can get with an associate degree  USA TODAY

Associate degree jobs can pay quite well too, with the highest median salary paying over $120000 per year.


Chemjobber's mailbag: Business cards, interviewing etiquette, and more  Chemical & Engineering News

I'm in undergrad, and I'm making my first business card. I'm looking for some tips on how to make it stand out! I'm planning to go to grad school, so it'll mostly be ...


Hiring managers share tips for landing your first chemical industry job  Chemical & Engineering News

As graduation approaches—whether you're earning a bachelor's, master's, or doctoral degree—you feel the pressures of the past several years start to lift.


Why Walmart, Disney and so many other companies are paying for their employees’ college education  MarketWatch

From McDonald's to Starbucks, a slew of employers have launched or expanded education assistance benefits.


Gen Zs are Anxious, Entrepreneurial and Determined to Avoid Their Predecessor's Mistakes  Newsweek

This year's college graduating class, raised by brooding cynics and witnesses to the economic collapse of 2008, are clear-eyed pragmatists.


Recent hires reflect on the industry experience  Chemical & Engineering News

Moving with a freshly minted degree to industry involves more than swapping out faded jeans for freshly pressed khakis. My new job responsibilities seemed ...


Students must lead their own learning  Gulf News

Students told to look for curriculum that values student-led learning over rote learning.


Republican challenger attacks Tillis' immigration policies  Raleigh News & Observer

When Garland Tucker appeared on The Sean Hannity Show to announce his campaign for Senator Thom Tillis' seat in 2020, he attacked Tillis' immigration ...


Remarks by President Trump in Working Lunch with Governors on Workforce Freedom and Mobility  Whitehouse.gov

Cabinet Room. 12:49 P.M. EDT. THE PRESIDENT: Okay, thank you very much. And today, I'm delighted to welcome the governors from both parties to discuss ...


Waiting (and waiting) for rejection  Chemical & Engineering News

No one likes waiting. It doesn't matter if it's waiting for the bus or for the rotary evaporator to be done; it's a pain to wait. It's even more painful when the wait is ...


Employment Statistics  Tuck School

Tuck graduates continue to enjoy great career success, with employment levels and compensation rates for Tuck's class of 2018 at or near the highest of those ...


Careers at RIT  RIT University News Services

Join the team of exceptional individuals who teach, help, and support our students in their quest to move the world forward. Here you can find information about ...


Careers, employment opportunities for Desert Oasis HS students  KLAS-TV

Jump starting your career” was the course subject Monday for many students at Desert Oasis High School in the south part of the valley.


What Job Hunters Should Expect in 2019 | On Careers  U.S. News & World Report

If you're looking for a job in 2019, learn about applicant tracking systems, networking, LinkedIn best practices and how to figure out your market value.


The jobs that South Africa’s top professionals would recommend to students in 2019  BusinessTech

PPS has published its latest Graduate Professional Index, highlighting the jobs that South African professionals find most rewarding.


If We are to Help Students Work Toward 21st Century Careers, We Need to Enlist the Private Sector | Opinion  Newsweek

Our educational system is not set up to provide students with enough opportunities to learn the skills a 21st-century economy demands.


24 young leaders igniting change in Rochester  Rochester Democrat and Chronicle

Who has lit the biggest spark in the Rochester community? Twenty-four finalists have been selected for the inaugural IGNITE Future Leader's Award, which was ...


Huge job fair on the Northshore today!  WGNO New Orleans

Slidell, LA – Looking for a job? More than 100 employers– many of them big corporations like Boeing, Coca Cola, General Dynamics and Walmart –are looking ...


MSU hosts high school students preparing for AP classes  Mississippi State Newsroom

Mississippi State is helping nearly 50 high school students from 13 rural schools around the state as they prepare to take an Advanced Placement Physics ...


Job growth in the U.S.: Cities adding the most jobs in every state  USA TODAY

Changes in total employment in 381 metro areas were reviewed from August 2013 to August 2018 to identify cities adding the most jobs in every state.


In a first, U.S. private sector employs nearly as many Ph.D.s as schools do  Science Magazine

The job market for U.S. science and engineering Ph.D.s is about to pass a long-anticipated milestone. For decades, educational institutions have been the ...


Burned-Out Millennials Need Careers, Not Just Jobs  Bloomberg

At a time when lots of attention is being paid to inequality, poverty and the travails of the working class, it might seem callous to worry about the problems of the ...


These are the 13 best jobs to have in 2019, according to US News & World Report  CNBC

U.S. News & World Report analyzed U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics data to determine which 100 jobs are hiring the most. It then looked across industries and ...


These are the jobs with the best – and the worst – job security  USA TODAY

While much of the U.S. workforce has an easier time finding a job than they did nine years ago, there are dozens of jobs with high unemployment rates.


Careers & Opportunities | Human Resources  Baylor University

Consistently ranked as one of the nation's “Great Colleges to Work For” by the Chronicle of Higher Education, Baylor is a rewarding place to build a career.


Young or old, it's a good time to get a job  CNBC

Whether you're just graduating from college or you've been in your job for years and are ready for a change, it's a good time to get a hired. Here's how to get ...


Employment trends: 20 jobs that are now dominated by women  USA TODAY

In 2000, women held approximately 40.5 percent of all jobs in the United States. That number increased to 43.1 percent in 2016.


Transitioning into the profession  CIPD

Examples of successful transitions into the people profession from other careers.


Six female professors awarded Order of Australia  News - The University of Sydney

Outstanding members of the University of Sydney community including six female professors have been recognised in the 2019 Queen's Birthday Honours.


Where The Jobs Will Be In 2019  Forbes

If you're hoping to ring in the new year with a new job, the outlook has never been so bright—or at least it hasn't been in the past decade. So where exactly ...


Career Services  St John's University News

As a team of dedicated career educators we serve as a resource to internal and external constituents offering career advising, job-readiness skill training, ...


Jobs outlook 2019: Seattle, state can expect ‘still-strong’ growth  Seattle Times

This is a very innovative workforce, and no one wants to miss the party,” says regional labor economist Anneliese Vance-Sherman.


Employment help for veterans, military spouses starts locally  The American Legion

For as much as The American Legion does on a national level to help veterans and military spouses find employment, from sponsoring career fairs to supporting ...


The fastest-growing job in the US is expected to grow 105% by 2026—here are the other 19  CNBC

The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) analyzed the 20 occupations with the highest percent change of employment between 2016 and 2026 and found that there ...


Why your social media could get in the way of getting a job  KABC-TV

Whether you're looking for a job or just looking to update your resume, your social media accounts can have a huge impact on your future employers.


Careers  BPR / Blue Ridge Public Radio

BPR Director of *Content* Blue Ridge Public Radio continues its dynamic growth and is ready to hire its first Director of *Content*. The director reports to.


No experience? No problem! Vets can jump-start careers in IT with this free program  Military Times

Apprenti removes the burden of experience and education by immediately placing qualifying veterans in relatively well-paying technology apprenticeships.


10 excellent email examples for job hunters  CNBC

There's a free tool that can help all job hunters give their careers an important boost: email. While unemployment is currently low, competition is always tougher ...


9 biggest career mistakes college grads make  The Seattle Times

First jobs don't have to be dream jobs, but new college grads also shouldn't just settle for a bad job.


Top Autism Jobs: Choosing the Best Careers for People With Autism  Autism Parenting Magazine

While it is true that children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) often face many social and educational challenges, it's still possible for children to grow into ...


Can People with Disabilities Use Your Careers Website?  SHRM

Design barriers might be closing off your access to this talent pool and opening employers up to legal liability.


These are the 25 best-paying jobs in America in 2019, according to US News & World Report  CNBC

Jobs in health and medicine are some of the best-paying in America, according to U.S. News & World Report's 2019 Best Jobs rankings. But those high salaries ...


Trends in Physician Careers  DocWire News

Changes in healthcare delivery are impacting practice settings and in turn, are affecting the trajectory of doctors' careers. The Physicians Advocacy.


Predictions for the US chemistry job market in 2019  Chemical & Engineering News

With 2019 just around the corner, you might be wondering what the chemistry job market in the US will look like next year. If I knew, I wouldn't be working in the ...


STEM Careers Are Even Harder On Parents Than We Thought, Study Finds  TIME

Many new parents leave STEM career fields shortly after having their first child, according to a new study.


Looking for a high-paying job? Here are the top 25 in the US.  USA TODAY

Many professions pay more than $46072 a year, the average median pay for jobs in the US, and these careers require high levels of specialization.


How a Low Unemployment Rate May Affect your Job Search  U.S. News & World Report

While a low unemployment rate is good news for job seekers, it can spell trouble for employers because the competition to hire and retain talent is fierce.


How to Land an Entry-Level Job | Applying for a Job | US  U.S. News & World Report

Wondering what entry-level means when it comes to jobs? This article explains what level of experience you need for your first job.


Deaf And Unemployed: 1000+ Applications But Still No Full-Time Job  NPR

Despite technological advancements that allow deaf job seekers to communicate more easily with potential employers, applicants say they still face stigma that ...


Stanford MBA Class of 2018 Chose Careers Where They Could Make a Difference  Stanford Report

“Our graduates pursued roles where they can make a difference in the world and have [a] positive impact on the greater economy, regardless of salary,” said ...


Outdoor Jobs: Careers That Take You Beyond the Cubicle | Best Jobs  U.S. News & World Report

Cubicle life isn't for everyone. If the prospect of sitting at the same desk every day makes you squirm, you may be better suited to a job you can perform outside.


Predictions For The Uncharted Job Market Of The Future  Forbes

The rapid ascension of sophisticated technology, global connectedness and a confluence of other factors will make the workforce of the future almost ...


The Varied Careers of Philosophy Majors  Daily Nous

A philosophy professor has put together a book featuring brief essays by thirty people who majored in philosophy at his school and who went on to pursue a ...


The professional advisers who can help you to move from academia to industry  Nature.com

University careers advisory services can connect PhD students with employers and guide them to the right role.


Jobs at Tulane | Human Resources  News from Tulane

Tulane is situated in one of the most amazing cities in the world. From scenic uptown neighborhoods to the historic downtown area, there are no shortages of ...


Speech at the CBI Diversity and Inclusion Conference  GOV.UK

Alok Sharma addresses leading employers on the government's initiatives to support disadvantaged groups into work and support greater diversity.


For new Ph.D. recipients, postgraduation employment numbers are on the rise  Science Magazine

Last year saw an uptick in the percentage of U.S. doctorate recipients who had firm employment plans postgraduation. That's one of many takeaways from the ...


Trends with benefits: Employment expert says strong job market prompts shift in training, retention  Chicago Tribune

Paul McDonald, senior executive director of the staffing firm Robert Half, has seen numerous job trends come and go. But the one constant? "If companies want.


If You’re Over 50, Chances Are the Decision to Leave a Job Won’t be Yours  ProPublica

A new data analysis by ProPublica and the Urban Institute shows more than half of older U.S. workers are pushed out of longtime jobs before they choose to ...


Workers displaced by automation to receive fresh start via pilot program  Canadian HR Reporter

Federal government announces $1.1 million for reskilling effort.


Why earning a PhD is an advantage in today's industry job market  Nature.com

Don't despair if people try to talk you out of pursuing an industry position — your degree can open many doors, says Isaiah Hankel.


The highest-paying medical job in the US pays as much as $300,000 a year—here are the other 8  CNBC

From 2016 to 2026, employment opportunities in the healthcare industry are expected to grow by 18%, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. These are the ...


Hiring Hoosiers What is Hiring Hoosiers?  WRTV Indianapolis

Hiring Hoosiers is a new initiative from RTV6 that works to connect Hoosiers to employment opportunities, career development resources, training programs and ...


The 10 Best Jobs Working From Home  Forbes

Working from home is the job dream situation for millions of workers. But it may surprise you to know there are literally hundreds of companies providing ...


UPS takes a different stance on seasonal employment  Business Insider

Investing in your employees is expensive. "We're 111 years old. You don't get to be 111 if you are strictly on quarterly reports," says UPS PR manager Dan ...


Employment opportunities: Best US cities for job seekers in 2018  USA TODAY

According to a recent study, there are particular U.S. cities that are most benefiting from the current unemployment low. Here are the 10 best cities for job seekers ...


Human Resources  JBU Athletics

Job Opportunities and Careers at JBU, Human Resources, Faculty, Staff, & Graduate Assistants, Careers.


The Truth About Entry-Level Jobs in Fashion | Careers | BoF  The Business of Fashion

Learn how to differentiate yourself in fashion's extremely competitive job market by taking BoF's online course: Build Your Dream Career. LONDON, United ...


These Career Lessons From 'Office Space' Still Hold Up 20 Years Later  HuffPost

In 1999, a movie documented an everyday horror that many of us endure: our jobs. “Office Space,” a fictional comedy written and directed by Mike Judge, was a ...


Career center program preps students for jobs in culinary arts  WRTV Indianapolis

The Threshold Restaurant inside the Walker Career Center is entirely run by high school juniors and seniors.


How to Write a Great Job Interview Follow-Up Email  U.S. News & World Report

Email tips for after a phone screen, after an in-person interview and for following up.


Chemjobber on when and how to say no  Chemical & Engineering News

In the laboratory, reagents are often limitless. In fact, you're bound only by your imagination and your stir-plate space. But what about time? It's the most precious ...


How to Break Up With a Bad Job – and Get Over It  U.S. News & World Report

Caught in a bad romance with your toxic workplace? Learn the red flags of a bad boss and how to quit a job.


Great Jobs for English Majors | Applying for a Job | US  U.S. News & World Report

Wondering what you can do with an English degree? Check out these careers for English majors and English degree jobs outcomes.


New Mexico Post 13 hosting annual employment event | The  The American Legion

The fifth annual Operation Hiring Heroes Employment Event is April 10 at Post 13 in Albuquerque.


Self-Career Development: Three Strategies To Accelerate Your Career  Forbes

Today, rising to leadership positions requires employees to craft their own self-career development strategies. For ambitious employees, self-development is an ...


A tiny nation that can boost expat careers  BBC News

Bahrain ranks high on a list of best countries for expats. What's it like for foreign professionals in the archipelago?


How Do Employment Background Checks Work? | Interviewing | US  U.S. News & World Report

Learn more about employment background checks and what rights job seekers have in the hiring process.


This Veteran Seeks To Reinvent The Employment Ecosystem For Salaried Careers  Forbes Now

This veteran is working to reinvent the hiring process for skilled labor, especially in the growing tech sector. Working with formerly incarcerated, he's finding ...


Nearly Three-Quarters of Harvard Grads Pursued For-Profit Jobs in 2018 | News  Harvard Crimson

Despite administrators' repeated entreaties, Harvard is still struggling to convince its graduates to go into public *service*. Seventy-two percent of Harvard ...


Back to the future? Top careers worth going back to school (even after 40)  Atlanta Journal Constitution

When you've already got too much stress and too little time, why would you want to go back to school in your 40s? The quick answer: If you're not...


From Curriculum to Career: Connecting Curriculum Outcomes to Future Careers  Faculty Focus

Strategies to help foster a connection between course material and professions, connecting curriculum outcomes to future careers.


Here's What Happens to Your Body When You Hate Your Job  HuffPost

A toxic job can make you sick in a multitude of ways.


CEOs Share Their Most Helpful (and Unconventional) Career Advice  Wall Street Journal

From encouraging job-hopping to avoiding “clunker” bosses, executives in a variety of industries give their best tips for new grads—and anyone hoping for a ...


Popular career platform for Ph.Ds is owned by foundation behind uncovered undergraduate admissions fraud case  Inside Higher Ed

Popular alternative-academic career platform was bought last year by the foundation behind the recently uncovered undergraduate admissions scheme.


The ultimate lab partner  Chemical & Engineering News

Last year, ACS Chemical Biology published a beautiful tribute to the late Nobel laureate Roger Tsien from his coworkers and students. Of special note was the ...


Smooth your transition to a civilian career with professional certifications  Military Times

Certifications in their area of expertise helps transitioning *service* members and veterans create common ground with civilian employers, says this author.


What to Do When Industry Disruption Threatens Your Career  MIT Sloan

If your industry faces disruption, first diagnose the volatility. Then act preemptively to disrupt your own career.


Best — and Worst — US Cities for STEM Jobs in 2019  WashingtonExec

A recent market study from WalletHub ranked Washington, D.C., as a runner-up among the top five U.S. cities with the highest percentage of their workforce in ...


How to Keep Parents From Fleeing STEM Careers  WIRED

A recent study finds that both new moms and new dads leave science, technology, engineering, and medicine at higher rates than their childless peers—and ...


Guide To Your Job Search | Sponsored | The Crimson Brand Studio  Harvard Crimson

Whether you have specific goals in mind or have no idea what you would like to do over the summer or after Harvard, the Office of Career Services (OCS) is a ...


These are the deadliest jobs in America, study says  Atlanta Journal Constitution

On-the-job injuries are not uncommon. However, some careers may be more dangerous than others, according to a recent report.


Work From Home 2019: The Top 100 Companies For Remote Jobs  Forbes

Thanks to technology like high-speed internet and mobile phones, working from home is increasingly easier. And as more companies offer flexible commuting ...


UpSkill OC provides the underemployed a pathway to careers that provide a living wage  Los Angeles Times

UpSkill OC is a pilot program launched by United Way which connects underemployed or unemployed workers with the training and resources needed to qualify ...


home | site map
© 2007