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18 Things To Consider Before You Attend A Business Interview Dinner

by Rosalinda Oropeza Randall is an etiquette and civility consultant and author of “Don’t Burp in the Boardroom

interviewWhether the interview is held in the company cafeteria or in a fine-dining restaurant, it isn’t about the food. It is a discovery exercise.

You obviously wowed the potential employer on paper, now you have to be sure to wow them when you’re face-to-face.

Eating a meal with someone can be a very personal experience. Well, that is if you both stay off your cell phones!

Why do some companies conduct a meeting or an interview over a meal? To learn beyond what’s on paper.  What will they discover about you?

Presence: Considerate or Careless

  1. Do you arrive on time?
  2. Do you order a drink, appetizer or shove a butter-slathered roll in your mouth before anyone else arrives?
  3. Do you order an expensive item off the menu or multiple courses?
  4. Do your eating habits (chewing with mouth open, licking fingers, inhaling your food, picking your teeth) gross everyone out?
  5. Do you dress appropriately?
  6. Do you sit up straight, slouch, hover, or lean back after the meal and pat your full stomach?
  7. Are you loud?
  8. Do you move the place setting around to make room for your cell phone?

Attitude: Professional or Preposterous

  1. Are you condescending and rude to the server?
  2. Are you demanding?
  3. Do you complain? Do you threaten to post a negative comment on social media?
  4. How do you handle finding hair in your food?
  5. Do you monopolize the conversation?
  6. Do you pace yourself during the meal?
  7. Do you make a scene when the bill arrives?
  8. Do you bring up or stir up sensitive or controversial topics?
  9. Do you lecture the others about their dietary choices?
  10. Do you remember to say, “please” and “thank you”?

Ask yourself:

  • Am I considerate of others?
  • Do I know when to keep quiet?
  • Do I treat everyone with respect?
  • What is the purpose of this meeting?
  • Do my friends look away when they eat with me?

Bon appétit.


Rosalinda Oropeza Randall

Rosalinda Oropeza Randall is an etiquette and civility consultant and author of “Don’t Burp in the Boardroom: Your Guide to Handling Uncommonly Common Workplace Dilemmas“. She defines etiquette as an attitude, and believes that you can’t apply a one-solution-fits-all to relationship dilemmas. For more etiquette and civility tips, please visit her blog at Your Relationship Edge. E:




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