Mastering The Lunch Interview

Written by Nathan Newberger

Interviews can be nerve-racking, brain-draining, headache-inducing experiences. These days, recruiters have found a way to makerepparttar interview even more difficult by combiningrepparttar 139911 experience with a meal. This means that in addition to listening torepparttar 139912 interviewer, formulating intelligent responses, and trying your hardest to be confident, you now have pay attention to how you look while eating.

Interviews over lunch or dinner are an increasingly popular recruiting tool. This career article gives yourepparttar 139913 need-to-knows ofrepparttar 139914 meal interview.

1. Mind your manners 2. The dish dilemma 3. Consume and converse 4. Finish with a bang


1. MIND YOUR MANNERS It may seem unnecessary to mention, but those basic table manners you were taught as a child still matter. In casual settings, poor manners are not always corrected. Therefore, you could have picked up some habits that your mother would be ashamed of and more likely than not, your interviewer probably will not be too be impressed by them either.

Here are just a few ofrepparttar 139915 habits you should be mindful of during a meal interview:

- BE POLITE. In addition to evaluating your answers to questions, an interviewer is also assessing your personality. Be courteous and respectful to everyone, especiallyrepparttar 139916 wait staff. Words such as "please" and "thank you" speak worlds about your character. - BE AWARE. Keeping you elbows onrepparttar 139917 table, chewing with your mouth open, talking with your mouth full all convey a negative impression. Pay attention to even your smallest actions. - BE PREPARED. If you feel uncertain about your table manners, consultrepparttar 139918 experts. Emily Post's books on etiquette are considered to be amongrepparttar 139919 definitive works on etiquette. There is no shame in doing research; after all, this is an interview.

2. THE DISH DILEMMA Even though you are being treated to a nice meal, you are not free to order any dish you like. You are in an interview, and therefore, you haverepparttar 139920 duty of maintaining a certain level of professionalism and formality throughoutrepparttar 139921 meal.

There are no definitive rules of food selection, and you may have to make a game-time decision. However, following these rules will help you steer clear of trouble:

- AVOID MESSES. Steer clear of foods that have to be eaten with your hands or have a tendency to splatter. It is hard to recover from repparttar 139922 embarrassment of splashing your interviewer with spaghetti sauce, nor do you want to inadvertently adorn yourself with gravy or cream sauce. So stick to foods that can be cut into small pieces with a knife and fork. - NO STENCHES. Avoid foods that have a strong or unpleasant order. You are better off having an interviewer not remember you at all rather than asrepparttar 139923 candidate with bad breath. So no matter how much you love onions and garlic, lay offrepparttar 139924 stinkers for one meal. - KEEP IT QUIET. You need to be able to conduct a civil conversation. Avoid foods that are crunchy and noisy to eat. In a public setting there is a lot of noise that could drown outrepparttar 139925 voice of a person sitting across from you so try not to order food that would add torepparttar 139926 problem. - FOLLOW THE LEADER. You may be wondering if a menu item is priced too high or if to order an appetizer first, etc. The answer is to follow your interviewer's lead. Try to order food inrepparttar 139927 same price range asrepparttar 139928 interviewer and orderrepparttar 139929 same number of courses. You do not want to be sitting idle whilerepparttar 139930 recruiter is still eating.

In Leadership, Identifying Dreams That Lead To Great Results

Written by Brent Filson

PERMISSION TO REPUBLISH: This article may be republished in newsletters and on web sites provided attribution is provided torepparttar author, and it appears withrepparttar 139910 included copyright, resource box and live web site link. Email notice of intent to publish is appreciated but not required: mail to:

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Summary: The importance of motivation in leadership cannot be denied. But most leaders overlook a critical component of motivation,repparttar 139911 human dream. Before you can work with people's dreams, you must identify what they dream, a sometimes difficult task. Here's how to make such an identification.

In Leadership, Identifying Dreams That Lead To Great Results by Brent Filson

History teaches that when people needed to do great things, a leader first had to gather them together and speak fromrepparttar 139912 heart. This heartfelt speech was often connected to defining and reinforcing a dream shared by bothrepparttar 139913 leader andrepparttar 139914 people.

Drill down through goals and aims and aspirations and ambitions ofrepparttar 139915 people you lead, and you'll hitrepparttar 139916 bedrock of human motivation,repparttar 139917 dream.

For instance, Martin Luther King did not say, "I have a goal." Or "I have an aim." The power of that speech was inrepparttar 139918 "I have a dream".

A dream embraces our most cherished longings. It embodies our very identity. We often won't feel fulfilled as human beings until we realize our dreams.

If leaders are not tapping intorepparttar 139919 power of people's dreams, if leaders are simply setting goals (as important as goals are), they missrepparttar 139920 best of opportunities to help those people take ardent action to achieve great results.

But what do people dream? How can we discover their dreams? After all, people usually won't tell you what they dream until they trust you. They won't trust you until they feel that you can help them attain their dreams. Knowing and sharing their dream can cement a deep, emotional bond between you.

Here are three things you can do to get at what people dream. Be helpful. Be hopeful. Be scarce.


The relationships cultivated byrepparttar 139922 Imperative lend themselves to dream sharing and dream motivation.

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