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Old 09-13-2017, 04:32 PM
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Default Interview and bought my own lunch?

So this is a tangent off this post.

http://www.actuarialoutpost.com/actu...nterview+lunch

So, I went to an interview with a large insurance company, and the interview was scheduled from 10-2 with no lunch break. I asked the scheduler and they said one wasn't built in. I ended up with the hiring manager at lunch time and they asked if I was hungry and did I want to go to lunch. We went somewhere where they have pre-made sandwiches and salads. The hiring manager said the company practice didn't pay for lunches, and then the hiring manager didn't even buy my lunch for me. It was <$10 so no big deal out of pocket.

It's been a while since I interviewed. Is this the norm these days? I don't think so, but I feel like even if I am offered the position, this is a huge red flag. Other than that, I really liked everything I heard.
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Old 09-13-2017, 04:35 PM
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Seems really, really cheap.
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Old 09-13-2017, 04:41 PM
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You should have just left.

As crazy as consulting can be, the occasional $1,000 dinner tab beats the hell out of "we don't pay for lunches."
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Old 09-13-2017, 04:42 PM
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No, that is not normal.
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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.
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Old 09-13-2017, 04:53 PM
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yeah, that's messed up. first, that they didn't schedule something for lunch and second, that you were expected to pay

other than that, how was the interview?
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Old 09-13-2017, 05:02 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 is totally what I would do.

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yeah, that's messed up. first, that they didn't schedule something for lunch and second, that you were expected to pay

other than that, how was the interview?
I thought it went well.

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Distinct possibility I will say yes if offered it. Getting laid off from current position and not much insurance locally, and for personal reasons won't relocate. Sad, I know.
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Oftentimes, companies forget that an interview is a two-way process - presumably, while they're evaluating you for "fit", you are doing the same.

Looking for the company's side of the story, perhaps they had four-hour blocks scheduled for multiple candidates, yours happened to fall over the (traditional) lunch window, and they didn't want to treat you differently.

We always schedule a lunch or dinner (or both) into the official interview - honestly, it's one of the more revealing parts of the interview in many cases.
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