Tips for Surviving a Business Lunch


If you're asked to "do lunch" with an interviewer, client or contact, you're not just out to fill your stomach. Restaurants, with their more relaxed and social atmosphere, are a great place to get some important work done.

But when you conduct business over a meal, a high-stakes interview or meeting can be even more stressful. Now, on top of your business savvy, you're being judged on your table manners, choice of restaurant and yes, even your entrée. You may be the perfect candidate for the job, but it will be much harder to convince your interviewer when you have soup on your tie.

Here are some tips to help make any business meal invitation easier to swallow.