The War Room
Advice
Post

Lunch interview tomorrow for a job that I really want.

I have never done a lunch interview for a potential job. I have it tomorrow and just wanting to get some advice on dress, what to possibly expect, etiquette, etc.


The interview is set for an hour, quick-casual lunch. Any advice is welcome.


I searched for this question and could not find anything on it. If there is any post about this call me out on my shit and I will delete this post. Thanks y'all!

๐Ÿง  Advice
๐Ÿค Interviewing/Offer
19
CuriousFox
WR Officer
+11
Needer of Life Alert
You don't have a second chance for a first impression. It's still a meeting, regardless of the location. Dress like you want the job.
funcoupons
WR Officer
+11
up in Fiji, under paddy
Exactly. It's always better to be a bit overdressed than underdressed. Other than using appropriate table manners and acting like a professional, it's worth mentioning that the interviewer will pay the bill. Don't argue with them on it. Also don't order any messy or smelly food.ย 
TheRealTommyCallahan
Arsonist
+6
Assistant to the Account Executive
Great point. I do love messy foods so I will definitely have to pick something a lot cleaner lol
Show 5 more replies
TheRealTommyCallahan
Arsonist
+6
Assistant to the Account Executive
That's what makes me nervous. All the interviews I have had up to this point (3 total so far) have been over Zoom. They are a remote company but they have one of the VPs of Sales that lives in the same area as me and they proposed a lunch interview. Of course I accepted. Thanks for the advice! Haven't done an in person interview since 2018 LOL
CaneWolf
Politicker
+12
Call me what you want, just sign the damn contract
30 minutes isn't really enough time to even eat lunch so that's a bit strange. Assuming you're a guy, slacks and button down with nice shoes is fine.

Some quick tips:
-Don't order the most expensive thing on the menu
-Don't order alcohol
-Get food that's relatively easy to eat without making a mess
-The focus is on the person. Part of the lunch meeting interview is to make sure you have basic manners and don't suck. Just be a human.
TheRealTommyCallahan
Arsonist
+6
Assistant to the Account Executive
I made a mistake on my post. It is actually an hour interview.ย 

Love your tips. Thanks for the time you put into this!
UserNotFound
Politicker
+9
Mid Market Manager
Donโ€™t go hungry so you can do more talking than eating. My last interview (I didnโ€™t know was an interview) was over a lunch and I barely ate because I was so involved in the conversation. Also, definitely come prepped with a copy of your resume + any bragbook, portfolio, etc- anything to put some legitimacy behind your accomplishments.
TheRealTommyCallahan
Arsonist
+6
Assistant to the Account Executive
Great points. Makes sense not to go hungry. I'd want to eat but also you need to have a deep conversation. Thanks!
Oboy77
Arsonist
+8
Workspace Consultant
Don't overthink it! Relax and be yourself.
TheRealTommyCallahan
Arsonist
+6
Assistant to the Account Executive
Thanks!!
Jackywaky
Arsonist
+9
Master of Disaster
Make sure you're dressed as the role once you get in - be polite. The word casual can be tricky, but make sure you hit a home run with the first impression. BEST of SUCCESS.ย 
TheRealTommyCallahan
Arsonist
+6
Assistant to the Account Executive
Thank you!
Jackywaky
Arsonist
+9
Master of Disaster
go for it tiger
Show 1 more replies
InQ5WeTrust
Arsonist
+8
Sales Savages, what is our profession? Trauma!
Done one lunch interview in the past, also a final stage.ย 

I pinged one of the SDR's I'd interviewed with asking what to wear - he advised just to rock up in what I'd wear to the office - Jeans/Brogues and a knitwear jumper (it was winter).ย 

Don't order anything crazy, match them on alcohol.ย 

Otherwise, don't stress as you've made it this far for a reason. Make sure to use the time to confirm you want to work for them as well.ย 
TheRealTommyCallahan
Arsonist
+6
Assistant to the Account Executive
Brilliant stuff. Thanks!
CCP
Opinionated
+6
VP, Business Development
If they ask if you want a beer or wine, ask them what they're having then mirror what they order. Try and do the same with what they order for food but try and have your order cost a little less than them. i.e. if they go for filet minion, get the ribeye. Not the steak sandwich with fries, for example.ย 
TheRealTommyCallahan
Arsonist
+6
Assistant to the Account Executive
Great advice. This part will be the trickiest part I believe. Thanks!
SammySandbags
Politicker
+6
Account Executive
be you. always match the interviewer on alcoholic drinks
TheRealTommyCallahan
Arsonist
+6
Assistant to the Account Executive
Definitely hope there is some alcohol involved but I guess we'll see
plssircanigetanotherpo
Executive
+3
IC
- Don't order spaghetti or anything with colorful sauce that might stain your shirt or requires potentially slurping...both of which will distract your interviewerย 
- Wear business casual but confirm with your interviewer on the attireย 
- Come with a notebook with probing questions (role, business, culture, NOW AND FUTURE states, etc.) to ask the interviewer but ask permission to take notes during the meeting.
- Control the conversation, you want to be the one asking a lot of questions. This will show you're serious about the job, and also the interviewer will feel like the meeting goes well coz he/she is the one talking the most.ย ย 
- Remember that it's NOT really a casual meeting coz the other side is there to see if you should get an offer or not.ย 
- Set next steps.ย 
TheRealTommyCallahan
Arsonist
+6
Assistant to the Account Executive
Great advice. Thank you!
softwarebro
Politicker
+4
Director of Sales
I came on this thread to specifically mention spaghetti. Early in my career, I had a lunch interview where I ordered spaghetti. Once I got home I noticed that I had sauce spots all over my white dress shirt. If you are curious I still got the job offer but never lived down the event.ย 
cw95
Politicker
+6
Pricing Executive
I also have never done this but just wanted to say good luck and hopefully we hear about the outcome!ย 
TheRealTommyCallahan
Arsonist
+6
Assistant to the Account Executive
I appreciate the positive vibes! I'll make sure to post an update. Thanks!
Incognito
WR Officer
+11
Master of Disaster
Lunch meetings are basically all I do! Dress how you would to any other interview - do you know anything about the person youโ€™re meeting? I tend to order based on their persona. If theyโ€™re a health nut, get a salad. If they are kinda low brow - something classic but easy to eat. White collar? Ask for a recommendation. You donโ€™t have to finish your plate, just eat a little bit. Ask for it to go if you feel awkward. So many times Iโ€™ve just had tea. You can claim youโ€™re fasting or something.
TheRealTommyCallahan
Arsonist
+6
Assistant to the Account Executive
Great insights. This person I am interviewing with is definitely a health nut. Salad it is for me!
harebrained
Opinionated
+4
Enterprise Account Executive
Go for the close! My only lunch interviews have been late stage and I got a handshake on an offer at the end by sharing something a little more personal about what I wanted to accomplish next in my career and how I hope they are the people I do that with.. Love all the other tips too - keep it tidy, don't talk about just work and have a brag book at the ready, I'd assume there won't be booze but who knows.
TheRealTommyCallahan
Arsonist
+6
Assistant to the Account Executive
This will be the last interview so I love this pointer. Thank you for that advice!
SalesRecruiter
Opinionated
+7
Recruiting Director
Dress for the job you want. Pretend you are at lunch with a prospect. When sales leaders do the lunch interviews, they want to see how you might act around customers and prospects.
TheRealTommyCallahan
Arsonist
+6
Assistant to the Account Executive
Great advice. Thanks!
TheRealTommyCallahan
Arsonist
+6
Assistant to the Account Executive
Update for anyone who cares. Interview went amazing. The person I had lunch with ordered a burger. Super chill interview and it went very well. Thank you all for the support!
TheRealTommyCallahan
Arsonist
+6
Assistant to the Account Executive
Just received an offer from this company. Thanks again for all your advice everyone!ย 
SomeSalesDude
Good Citizen
+1
Sales Engineering Manager
Congrats! :)
Show 1 more replies
User1234567
Politicker
+5
User1234567
GOOD LUCK!!
TheRealTommyCallahan
Arsonist
+6
Assistant to the Account Executive
Thank you!
Lysistrata
Good Citizen
+1
CEO
Soup. Yogurt. Bowls. Bread and butter, don't forget to tear the bread into bite-sized pieces before buttering each one. Salads and sandwiches are land mines!

Business casual is always in good taste. If they comment, just say you have a couple other afternoon "engagements".ย  Let them wonder.
TheRealTommyCallahan
Arsonist
+6
Assistant to the Account Executive
Love this! Thanks for the awesome advice.ย 
6
Looking for some good advice. Interview this week for a startup.
Question
11
6
Anyone ruined getting a meeting by being too impatient after they suggest times but don't confirm straight away?
Question
7
12
My boss wants me to quit but I want to get fired and collect unemployment, any tips? LOL
Question
15
How was ur monday
Ho
+49
Hoss , ย  AlexT , ย  secks ย  and 49 people voted