Employers look for any tool they can legally use to try to gain “real” information about a candidate. Most employers know that the person they see at a job interview may not be the person they get starting work. Since they cannot yet use sodium amytal, some companies have decided to use the next best thing: Food.
Food: The Ultimate Truth Serum
It’s hard to know what causes such openness while eating. Maybe it is the endorphins released by the delicious meal. Maybe it is because the interview takes place in a less intimidating environment. Maybe it is because the applicant feels they have a connection with the interviewer.
Whatever it may be, when an interview takes place at a restaurant or other eatery, candidates tend to be more open. So open, in fact, that some candidates have admitted to stealing from their former companies, sleeping with some of their supervisors, and other information that is essentially guaranteed to not get them the job.
All Interviews Are Interviews
There are no special tips for being less open. Simply don’t let your guard down. It doesn’t matter if your interview takes place in an office, in a restaurant, at a baseball game or atop the X-Scream Stratosphere Roller Coaster (http://www.stratospherehotel.com/thrills/x_scream.cfm) in Las Vegas. You should always be on your best professional behavior. Never let the setting drop your guard, no matter how delicious the food is.
Interviewers are going to use these tactics on all candidates, and some candidates are going to go to the interview unprepared for the truth serum effect of the restaurant. Don’t be like them. You and the interviewer are not friends. Your goal is to impress them no matter where you are or what you are eating.
Take Away Interview Tips
- Never let your guard down.
- Never let the location of the interview affect your interview.