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Choosing What to Order

Choosing What to Order | No BS Job Search Advice Radio

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Ep 627 Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter offers advice about how to figure out what to order if you are taken to lunch or dinner for an interview.


The lunch or dinner interview. I've done several videos of the subject, but I forgot to cover one detail on this subject that I thought would be very helpful.

I think you know and, if you don't, you're going to find out now, don't order drinks, even if they do. Keep it nonalcoholic. If they insisted to order one, order it and sip and it and leave the glass half-full.

If you are ordering a meal, always go for the things that are not sloppy to eat. Keep it simple. There's nothing worse than having them want to devour something and having slop all over your face. Ugh!

The simplest and most subtle approach to take is as you start to stare at the menu, you say, "You know, the menu looks terrific! I assume you been here before. What do you like on the menu?" Using the benchmark of the non-sloppy item, listen to the choices offered.

"Appetizer, I have such and such. Entrée, I tend to order…" And then will mention 2 or 3 possibilities. Don't go for the most expensive item on the menu, even if they do. Go for something more modest. I didn't say the cheapest one. Something more modest.

For example, if there is a boneless chicken breast, I will prefer that over the boned chicken breast. A piece of fish? Boneless because you don't want to suddenly need to plot a fishbone from your mouth.

Just try to keep it very simple so that along the way, so that food doesn't become a distraction for you and that your behavior doesn't become something uncomfortable. If something happens with the food doesn't become a distraction for them.

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