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
Don’t hire someone you don’t like.…”