Interview Etiquette

Posted on November 11, 2011 by

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Interviews can be stressful and knowing such factors as social skills and what not to do at an interview when dining out can be benefical not to mention life saving if aquiring a job. One area that isn’t discussed alot for an interview is the employer who invites the job candidate out to lunch or dinner. This is one way an interviewer accesses a potential candidate for social skills and finds out if he can function under this type of pressure, gracefully. The employer reviews communications, interpersonal skills and basic table manners. Table manners are an important insight into an individual to see if he can naturally conduct business and sustain himself at the same time, gracefully. Business though, is not the only area that the interviewer may discuss. The individual needs to be able to have an exchange about anything the, “host or hostess,” may find interesting. This could be anything from family insights, outside activities interests or technical operations on the job. Anything that gives an insight of the individual and how he relates to others, while he dines.

One may follow tips listed such as checking out the restaurant before the interview and going over the menu. It is not wise to order anything that is messy, has to many bones or over large sandwiches. Be sure to know the etiquette for using table service and the correct way to place utensils when not in use or if finished with them. Another good thought is not to order anything containg alcohol, since the mind should be clear for exchanging conversation and answering anything of importance pertaining to the job. Here, the standpoint is summed up for this kind of interview,

Dining with a prospective employee allows employers to review your communication and interpersonal skills, as well as your table manners in a more relaxed (for them) enviroment. Table manners do matter. Good manners may give you the edge over another candidate, so take some time to brush up your dining etiquette skills.

I’m all for good manners, especially table manners and if this is what it takes to land a job, I could survive it! Having an prospective employer reveiw to see how I can handle eating and talking at the same time is nerve-wracking but worth it, if hired. It’s a good idea to practice everything mentioned here well before the interview, this would solve much of the tension. Being alittle familar with the resturant and menu helps, I hope I would already know how to use table service.

This area of interviewing etiquette was very useful and I will remember it well. Another helpful item was sending a thank-you note later which is not only polite but reinforces interest in the job. This goes along with a thanks after the interview for the opportunity of discussing the position. Also, stating that the prospective employer is responsible for the tab and tip made the pressure go off too, I would have been a little up in arms about proper etiquette for this item.

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