NotMyRealName09 wrote:People say "get what you want, your interviewers don't care."
But I'd think an interviewee who purposely orders an expensive item has already failed the discretion test. Ordering food IS A TEST.
Don't get anything more expensive than anyone else. Don't order an appetizer unless everyone is. And for the love of god, don't order desert (or coffee) unless someone else does. Your interviewers know you are on an interview, and they won't just leave you drifting in the wind - they will take the lead, you follow.
Even more important - TREAT THE WAITER LIKE HE/SHE WAS YOUR MOM.
The lunch interview is about manners - and about what sort of impression you make on new people. The lunch interview is a mock "lets take a client out to lunch, will you embarrass me" test. Treat it as such.
The price of the item is never what will kill you, except in really outlandish extremes. The associates you are eating with really don't care. They really, really don't. Just don't go above, say, $50 and you are solid.
Anyway, while all of your advice is generally correct, your tone is all wrong. Ordering food is not a "test", not any more than being able to cary on a civil conversation, dress yourself, or follow all the instructions the firm gives you. None of these are intended to be tests. If you can't do it, that might be a mark against you, but they are not watching for you to screw up. The point of the callback interview is to see if you fit in with the firm, not test your social skills. Just don't do anything stupid.