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Interviewing during meals can be difficult because it involves two functions of the mouth that are not very compatible–talking and eating! Here are some tips that can make this a more positive experience:

 – Order light foods that are not greasy or messy. Overstuffed sandwiches can be as deadly as spaghetti!

 – Parallel your host’s tastes and price selection whenever possible.

 – To minimize potential messes with tossed salads, order salad dressing “on the side.”

 – Avoid finger foods or those requiring removing bones like fish or fowl.

 – Pause between bites to talk–and rest your utensils on your plate while you are talking.

 – The best practice is to never drink alcohol during a business meal. If pressed, order only one, and not an exotic mixed drink. A glass of white wine or a light beer reflects the tastes of a much more disciplined person than an order for a double martini!

 – Do not smoke.

 – Be courteous and cordial to all waiters and serving people.

 – Do not offer to pay the bill. An employer would not have invited you if they did not expect to pick up the tab.

  – Finally, be sure to thank your host for the meal and the chance to get to know him or her on a more personal basis.