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WHAT TO PREPARE FOR INTERVIEW AT RESTAURANT? 

Occasionally, employers will invite candidates to an interview over a meal – even breakfast. This interview is equally important, maybe even more important than the usual office interview. That's because, more conversational and less formal. If you're not careful, you can let your guard down, make silly mistakes, and share too much personal information. So the important thing here is to show professionalism, always remember that you are being considered for a job, even if it is not a formal office interview.
When you're invited to interview over a meal or coffee, take the time to prepare as carefully as an in-office interview.
Here are some tips you can use for a restaurant interview.

1. Get everything ready for the interview
Prepare for the interview as well as you would for any other job. If you're nervous, check out the restaurant where the interview will take place. This way, you'll know exactly what's on the menu, where the restaurant is located, and how classy or casual the restaurant is. Many restaurants also have online menus for you to review.

Trying to go to a restaurant first will also give you the opportunity to chart your route – choose whether to drive or take other public transport. You can also find out where to park if you plan to drive. This will help you be on time for the interview day.

2.Confirm the details
Make sure you confirm the details in your appointment to get to the right place at the right time. Confirm who you need to see to get your cell phone number and give your number to the scheduler, so you can be contacted in case something goes wrong. Also don't forget to find out if reservations are available.

3. Costumes
Dressing up for a restaurant job interview depends on the restaurant and how your interviewer will be dressed. If you are interviewing for a job at a large company and the restaurant is very fancy, you will have to wear business attire. If the company and restaurant are more casual, like a bar, for example, you can wear casual clothing. It's best to ask your inviter for advice on what to wear.

4. Bring supporting documents
Like an in-office interview, be sure to bring any additional documents you may need to present or show the interviewer. Do not think that in a normal setting these requirements do not apply. You can include a copy of your resume, sample article, portfolio, or any other document to support your resume.

5.Time
Arrive a few minutes early, so the interviewer doesn't have to wait for you. Don't ask to be seated or order drinks at the counter. Greet the interviewer in the lobby or lobby with a smile and a handshake.

6. Order food carefully
When you order, be considerate. Don't order the most expensive item on the menu. Also be careful about what you call. Dishes that you can cut easily are best. Pasta, burgers, or something like that can get messy. I learned that experience when I was scheduled for an interview at a restaurant. I went to lunch with a recruiter and made the mistake of ordering spaghetti. I spilled it and a drop of the sauce stayed on my shirt all afternoon.

7. Pay attention to manners
Your mother is always right when she always tells you about basic table manners. Interviewers will always be watching to make sure you know the right way to eat, especially if you're interviewing for a job where you'll need to dine with clients.

While you are being interviewed, do not talk while the food is in your mouth and chew slowly. Although the restaurant offers takeout bags, in this case you should not ask for a takeout bag.

Some other things to consider: Don't send food back, be polite to wait staff and others who work at the restaurant. This is a good way to show your personality well.
Drink alcohol
Always be careful about drinking when you're interviewing for a job. If the interviewer orders a drink, you can call it the same way, but it's not required. If you choose to drink, don't drink more than one glass of wine, and be very careful to focus on the conversation. If in doubt, don't order alcohol.

8.Professionalism
Especially if you've had a glass or two of wine, it's possible you'll be rambling in conversation and sharing too much personal information. Of course, you want to be friendly and approachable, but remember that you're interviewing for a job, not dining out with friends.

9.Pay the bill
Make sure that if an employer invites you to interview at a restaurant, let him or her take the bill. The person who invites you will pay for the meal, including the tip. If the bill is placed near or next to you, ignore it and continue the conversation. Wait for the interviewer to ask for the bill. Of course, remember "Thank you".

10.After the interview
As you would with any other interview, send a thank you letter for the interview and meal, implicitly reiterating your interest in the job.

BY ALISON EASYYLOE

 

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