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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.
…”

One Response to “Interviewing. Importance of meal interviews”

  1. site admin Says:


    The topic of drinking alcoholic beverages
    and business/social meetings is the topic
    of a Career Couch article.

    It is hard to draw the line many time, as
    many attempts are made to insist on informality
    and getting ‘true feelings’ and what is behind
    actions, words, silence and motivation.

    So, one of the mock interviews used at
    national meetings and PfLAGS seminars is
    commonly a meal interview. Being in the role
    of the host/interviewer I usually “order” a
    double scotch and encourage the interviewee
    to order something that will ‘take the edge off’
    or relax. It is a ruse.

    Consider asking for a beverage, a mixed drink,
     if alcoholic.
    The article goes into several scenarios and is
    worth reviewing.

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