I got the call for a second interview! We’re meeting for lunch at La Villa Italia. What is the proper thing to order? Honestly, I think I will be too nervous to eat. Is it alright just to order an iced tea? Any suggestions?
The lunch interview invitation is a very good sign. Lunch interviews have a social element. They want to get to know you better. Also, it is a chance for the interviewer to observe your dining etiquette. Definitely order the meal appropriate for the time of day. If the interviewer orders a lunch meal, you should also order a lunch meal. If the interviewer is only ordering coffee, do the same. Order something simple to eat that does not require a lot of manipulation (like fajitas), anything messy, or anything you must eat with your hands (like a burger). Meals that you can use a fork, such as a salad, are best. Be careful with soups or pasta dishes.
Mind your manners and don’t forget that you are on a job interview!