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A Few Guidelines for Eating While Interviewing

Bring money in case you have to pay. If you are invited to lunch, from an etiquette point of view, your host should pay, but this can be awkward. Make sure you have money with you to pay for your own lunch if you need to.

Use your best table manners. Place your napkin on your lap. Know which cutlery to use, and put it down between bites. If you are not sure what to do, ask a friend or trusted family member, or look it up on the Internet. Eating with a potential boss (or client) is an opportunity to display yourself, so make yourself proud. Chew with your mouth closed. Don’t talk with your mouth full and don’t slurp.

Your host should provide you with an indication of a price limit. (“Please order anything you like under R15. That way I can claim it on my expenses.” Or, “Everything here is good, and this meal is my treat, so have whatever you like.”) If your host doesn’t let you know the budget for the meal, politely ask or choose a meal similar in price to the one he or she selects. Remember that this meal (your interview) is about the employer, not you. You do not have to order the most expensive item on the menu.

Avoid food that will drip, squirt, or otherwise create a scene. Stick to dishes that are simple and manageable. You don’t want to feel self-conscious because you are trying not to stain your good shirt or because you cannot squish the bun of a giant hamburger enough to get it into your mouth.

Ask questions that show your interest in the company or position. You will have had some time to think about things and your questions will help keep the conversation moving throughout the meeting.