No one is aware of the fact that job interviews are quite stressful and it holds true even for job seekers who have faced it numerous times. Job interviews can be even more stressful if you have to eat and talk almost at the same time. The main idea behind employers taking candidates out for lunch or dinner is to assess their social skills and how good they are in handling pressure in a graceful manner.
Dining with job seeker or prospective employee allows recruiters or employers to assess their interpersonal skills and communication skills as well as social manners in a relaxed environment. Good table manners can provide right edge to a prospective employer over another, so it is important to brush up some of your skills related to etiquette when it comes social dining.
Dining tips in interview:
- If you have jitters related to dining with your prospective employer, then it would be better to check out the place or the restaurant ahead of time. By doing so, you will be able to check the menu that you might want to order and what is the location of rest rooms.
- It is important that you be polite when dealing with your server and host. Always remember to say “please” and “thank you” because these are basic etiquettes that one must follow especially when dealing with prospective employers.
- Check whether the table is full of utensils or not? It is always important that you remember what you need to use and when. You can start outside and can work your way out.
- You should know that solids are on the left and liquids are on the right. For instance glass of water will be on the right side and the plate of solid food will be on the left.
- You should know that you need to put a napkin on your lap when everyone is seated.
- Also remember not to put your elbows on the table, sit straight without stooping and do not talk with your mouth full of food.
Meal tips in interview:
- Avoid ordering foods that are messy such as big sandwiches, sauce with pasta, ribs, chicken having bones and jumbo lobsters because all of these are dangerous.
- Make sure that you do not order expensive foods from the menu.
- Order food items that are easy to cut into pieces and easy to eat.
- The best way to have soup is to spoon it away because it will prevent the chances of spilling.
- Make sure that you break the dinner roll in small and manageable pieces and eat it one by one.
- If by any chance you need to leave the dining table, make sure that you put your napkin on the arm of the chair or the seat.
- When you are done with eating, put the fork and knife at 4 o’ clock position, so that the person who served you know that you are over with your food.
These are some of the etiquettes that one needs to follow when participating in an interview with prospective employer.