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Alumni Interview over Lunch

Posted: Tue Jan 04, 2011 8:15 am
by glewz
Hey all - would appreciate some advice on this

I have an alumni interview over lunch (1 on 1) - anyone have any experience with this? Do I offer to pay?

Re: Alumni Interview over Lunch

Posted: Tue Jan 04, 2011 8:57 am
by smears
Pay for what? A recommendation, a little wheel greasing w/ the adcomm? What are you asking here?

Re: Alumni Interview over Lunch

Posted: Tue Jan 04, 2011 9:18 am
by TommyK
smears wrote:Pay for what? A recommendation, a little wheel greasing w/ the adcomm? What are you asking here?


Really? I mean, really?? You're absolutely unclear on what the OP is asking. :roll: Christ, shit like this exhausts me.

OP - Is this part of the recruitment/application process or did you reach out to him/her to set it up?

I've never been through an alumnus lunch, but I've been through a handful of lunch interviews in my career. Assuming the same protocol, I do the following: I always reach for my wallet, try to reach for the check to pay for it, but every single time, the other party protests stronger and after a polite and faux-surprised "oh, thank you", I let them.

On a related note - Order something that is not messy and easy to eat. I always avoid long pasta noodles and usually go for something like soup and salad - small, measurable bites that will be easy to respond to questions if there's something in your mouth when they ask. I usually avoid hearty, large meals like steaks.

Re: Alumni Interview over Lunch

Posted: Tue Jan 04, 2011 4:57 pm
by glewz
TommyK wrote:
smears wrote:Pay for what? A recommendation, a little wheel greasing w/ the adcomm? What are you asking here?


Really? I mean, really?? You're absolutely unclear on what the OP is asking. :roll: Christ, shit like this exhausts me.

OP - Is this part of the recruitment/application process or did you reach out to him/her to set it up?

I've never been through an alumnus lunch, but I've been through a handful of lunch interviews in my career. Assuming the same protocol, I do the following: I always reach for my wallet, try to reach for the check to pay for it, but every single time, the other party protests stronger and after a polite and faux-surprised "oh, thank you", I let them.

On a related note - Order something that is not messy and easy to eat. I always avoid long pasta noodles and usually go for something like soup and salad - small, measurable bites that will be easy to respond to questions if there's something in your mouth when they ask. I usually avoid hearty, large meals like steaks.



Thanks Tommy - this is the response I was looking for. : )

Re: Alumni Interview over Lunch

Posted: Tue Jan 04, 2011 9:55 pm
by Concept
smears wrote: I always reach for my wallet, try to reach for the check to pay for it, but every single time, the other party protests stronger and after a polite and faux-surprised "oh, thank you", I let them.


Good advice. Just be prepared for the alum to actually say "Why, how nice of you." :lol:

Re: Alumni Interview over Lunch

Posted: Tue Jan 04, 2011 10:06 pm
by smears
TommyK wrote:
smears wrote:Pay for what? A recommendation, a little wheel greasing w/ the adcomm? What are you asking here?


Really? I mean, really?? You're absolutely unclear on what the OP is asking. :roll: Christ, shit like this exhausts me.

OP - Is this part of the recruitment/application process or did you reach out to him/her to set it up?

I've never been through an alumnus lunch, but I've been through a handful of lunch interviews in my career. Assuming the same protocol, I do the following: I always reach for my wallet, try to reach for the check to pay for it, but every single time, the other party protests stronger and after a polite and faux-surprised "oh, thank you", I let them.

On a related note - Order something that is not messy and easy to eat. I always avoid long pasta noodles and usually go for something like soup and salad - small, measurable bites that will be easy to respond to questions if there's something in your mouth when they ask. I usually avoid hearty, large meals like steaks.



Someone lacks the ability to recognize humor, or sarcasm, or something. If that post made you cuss and say "christ I'm exhausted", I can only imagine what your life must be like otherwise. Also, try removing your panties from your vagina. This used to make an ex g/f of mine cranky. Maybe it'll help you too.

Re: Alumni Interview over Lunch

Posted: Tue Jan 04, 2011 11:09 pm
by TommyK
smears wrote:
Someone lacks the ability to recognize humor, or sarcasm, or something. If that post made you cuss and say "christ I'm exhausted", I can only imagine what your life must be like otherwise. Also, try removing your panties from your vagina. This used to make an ex g/f of mine cranky. Maybe it'll help you too.


Oh, I knew you were trying to be funny.

OP - why don't you put up a poll? See if other people thought smears approached any level of humor in that response.

Be helpful or funny. You are neither.

Re: Alumni Interview over Lunch

Posted: Tue Jan 04, 2011 11:27 pm
by $$$$$$
What kind of position is it for? If you are getting lunch with a partner at a firm, then there is no way you will even have the opportunity to pay. These guys say yes to meeting knowing they are going to pay, especially for a lunch. I did this a lot before law school, if you wanna know how I went about things for firms just pm me.

Re: Alumni Interview over Lunch

Posted: Wed Jan 05, 2011 3:33 am
by glewz
$$$$$$ wrote:What kind of position is it for? If you are getting lunch with a partner at a firm, then there is no way you will even have the opportunity to pay. These guys say yes to meeting knowing they are going to pay, especially for a lunch. I did this a lot before law school, if you wanna know how I went about things for firms just pm me.


Oh it's just for a law school - an alumnus from the school is interviewing me over breakfast. As it is tomorrow, I doubt a PM would be timely : ) thanks though.


TommyK wrote: Be helpful or funny. You are neither.


@Tommy smears is clearly pretty douchey - just ignore him. thanks again for your insight.