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Old 09-14-2017, 01:10 PM
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Are you serious? If I sit for 20 minutes for nothing, I'm gone. That's complete disrespect for your time. If you were an hour late, would the interviewers sit around waiting for you? Doubtful.

If you want good candidates, sell the job, yourselves and the company. If you want desperate people, pull these shenanigans.
yeah that one sucks, but what would you do if there are no restaurants in the area? Ask someone to bring you different lunch?
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Old 09-14-2017, 01:17 PM
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If I were the interviewer, assuming I hadn't quit already I would have been so embarrassed that I would have paid for both lunches out of pocket.
This, pretty hard.
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Old 09-14-2017, 01:21 PM
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I'd think that if you had celiac or whatever and knew you were gonna be there for lunch, you'd have mentioned it beforehand. I'd think you should know how it takes some planning as someone who eats wheat-free every day. I think it's kind of dickish to not say anything in advance, then be annoyed at what you get.
While I agree with this, I've always been asked if I have any food allergies/preference before lunch interviews. I've also never paid for a lunch interview or been left on my own for lunch.

Admittedly a limited sample size of the interview space.
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Old 09-14-2017, 01:26 PM
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That's really cheap and reflects poorly on the company.

A good company would have let other associates or analysts to take you to lunch at a nice restaurant. It is more relaxed and gives you opportunity to see if you like to work with the people there.

I would frown upon any companies that offer boxed lunches. I am sorry, with all the preparation work I am doing for an interview, I would expect the company will do more to make me feeling welcome.
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Old 09-14-2017, 01:28 PM
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I'd think that if you had celiac or whatever and knew you were gonna be there for lunch, you'd have mentioned it beforehand. I'd think you should know how it takes some planning as someone who eats wheat-free every day. I think it's kind of dickish to not say anything in advance, then be annoyed at what you get.
I had assumed we were going someplace. I have never failed to be able to find something to eat at any restaurant. So I didn't assume it would be an issue.

I was not informed I would be getting a box lunch from Panera, nor asked my preferred beverage.

I didn't let on that I was annoyed, they probably think I cleaned my plate like a good interviewee.


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Are you serious? If I sit for 20 minutes for nothing, I'm gone. That's complete disrespect for your time. If you were an hour late, would the interviewers sit around waiting for you? Doubtful.

If you want good candidates, sell the job, yourselves and the company. If you want desperate people, pull these shenanigans.
Oh, that was just one of the first shenanigans. The time wasting was epic.
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Old 09-14-2017, 01:31 PM
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I feel that lunch interviews give the interviewer a perspective on the interviewee that is important. Both in how they interact socially and in overall demeanor.

I have interviewed people that "let loose" a bit too much at lunch and destroyed their chances at the job. I have also seen people use that opportunity to really shine and be able to fill in some of the info that doesn't fit well onto a resume, or elaborate on things they have done, or want to do. I believe they are very useful.
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Old 09-14-2017, 01:41 PM
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My old company did commit one of these lunch interview faux pas one time. We took them to a decent place and paid and all that. The problem is that being the interviewer to get a free lunch had become quite popular. So there were 3 people for each of the two interviewees we had that day. At some point we all agree to go together, table of 8, 2 candidates who know there is only one job and SIX people firing questions at them. I thought it would be a lighter, getting to know you session but certain people there were asking tough questions, behavioral questions, technology questions. It was a real mess. The one guy kept trying to take a bite but he couldn't fit it in between answers and the other person kept trying to one-up him.

I ended up having to kick everyone out and rearrange the rest of the interview schedule so these poor people could actually eat. I really dropped the ball that day.
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Old 09-14-2017, 01:53 PM
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Oh, that was just one of the first shenanigans. The time wasting was epic.
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My old company did commit one of these lunch interview faux pas one time. We took them to a decent place and paid and all that. The problem is that being the interviewer to get a free lunch had become quite popular. So there were 3 people for each of the two interviewees we had that day. At some point we all agree to go together, table of 8, 2 candidates who know there is only one job and SIX people firing questions at them. I thought it would be a lighter, getting to know you session but certain people there were asking tough questions, behavioral questions, technology questions. It was a real mess. The one guy kept trying to take a bite but he couldn't fit it in between answers and the other person kept trying to one-up him.

I ended up having to kick everyone out and rearrange the rest of the interview schedule so these poor people could actually eat. I really dropped the ball that day.
sounds like you recovered well and saved the situ
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Old 09-14-2017, 02:13 PM
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sounds like you recovered well and saved the situ
Sort of. I'm sure their food was cold. I should have stopped it before it go to that point. I saw the problem and let it continue. Lesson learned.
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