First round interviews have been replaced by some employees who would rather meet up and have a chat over a coffee. Most blogs cover the more formal interviews. So we have outlined some of the main tips you should take into consideration when you get asked for a coffee interview.
Do Your Research
It may just be a coffee and a chat but don’t be too laid back about it all. Employers still want to see that you made an effort. So research the company, their mission, services and recent achievements this will give you something to talk about from the go and limit the risk of awkward silences. It will also be sure to impress the employer, so it’s a win-win.
Less formal interviews give the candidate a lot more room to ask questions. The more questions you ask the more information you can get about what it is like to work for a company and if it would be a suitable workplace for you. Also, ask about other openings in the company. You may find that there might be a more suitable role to suit your skill set.
What To Wear
A simple way to clarify this would be to ask. But if you didn’t get a chance to or are still unsure business casual is always the perfect combination for a coffee interview.
What To Bring
You may not need them but a couple of printed CVs always come in handy just in case. If you have contacts for references or written references bring them also and it never hurts to take a notepad and pen with you.
When you’re invited to meet with a recruiter for a cup of coffee or a meal, they will normally pick up the tab pick up the tab. There’s no need to offer to pay. Do say thank you to the recruiter or hiring manager, however.