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07/26/09
Interviewing. Importance of meal interviews
Filed under: Interviewing
Posted by: site admin @ 5:47 am

Besides strong comments on what it
takes to be a leader and
a good manager,
the NYTimes interview of
Carol Smith
says a lot about meal interviews.  Let
me quote her..


“…you meet someone three times,
one of them better be
over a meal.

You learn so much in a meal.  It is like
a little microcosm
of life.  How they order,
what they order.  How are
they going to
give instructions to a waiter?  Are they

sending back the meal eight times? 
Can they keep a
conversation going,
especially if you’re hiring someone

in sales [or marketing]?  Are they
asking smart questions?


Throughout the meal,the personality
comes out, I think.
  Are you going to
connect with us?  Are you going to be

part of the team?  Are you going to be
one of these
independent players who
wants to take all the credit?

Are you good with assistants? 
These are the things that
you can find
out in some subtle ways when you eat

with someone.

Other tips..
Don’t hire someone you don’t like.
…”

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