In the last post, we reviewed basic tips for offsite interviews. Many job interviews these days take place at coffee shops and restaurants instead of in the office. Why has this switch occurred?
- Interviewers enjoy the change of environment.
- Interviewing out of the office is meant to be less stressful.
- Offsite interviews should have fewer interruptions.
However, there is another reason that employers interview offsite in areas with food and coffee. This closely guarded secret is not even known by all hiring managers, but can easily play a role in your ability to get the job.
Job Interview Mental Preparation
Job interviews are not really about seeing if you are qualified for the role. They are more about avoiding mistakes. Your employer will ask you tough questions such as “Why did you leave your last job?” and you need to make sure that you give a positive answer instead of answering honestly (“My boss was a jerk and smelled like cheese”).
Before your interviewer, you mentally prepare yourself to not provide these answers, because you know consciously that these answers will harm your chances of getting the job. Employers, however, want to know your honest answers, because it is in their best interests to know who you truly are as a possible employee.
When people eat – especially people that really love food – they become relaxed. They become open. They become trusting. Food releases endorphins that can relax even the most nervous of minds and create a level of comfort that opens your brain up to the world.
Employers know this. They know that if you eat, the mental wall that prevented you sharing your true personality with the interviewer will crumble, and you will be far more willing to share what is truly on your mind.
It may sound funny at first, but ask a hiring manager that uses this technique and they will tell you that they have interviewed applicants that have displayed:
… and other negative qualities even though the applicants, up until that point, appeared to be the model perfect employee. Food managed to break down their wall, and they easily shared secrets of their life that should have been kept inside.
This may not happen to you. You may be able to keep yourself composed throughout the interview. You may not be the type of person that is affected that strongly by food. Just be aware throughout any offsite job interview at a restaurant or coffee shop that your employer is expecting you to be unable to hold back your honesty. Never forget the job interview advice you have learned and don’t let food distract you from everything you have prepared for the job interview.
Take Away Interview Tips
- Don’t Let Food Trick You Into Opening Up.
- Always Remember the Interview Techniques You Learned.