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September 13, 2019

Preparing for a Coffee Interview

Having a coffee interview can open the door to many possibilities. From being the first step in the job application process to connecting you with a great professional to keep in your network throughout your career, there are so many positives that can come from this quick, casual meeting. However, although a coffee interview is not as serious as one in the office, you should still show up prepared with a game plan for success.

Come Prepared and Do Research

While there will be some small talk, it is still an interview, and eventually, it will be time to get down to business. Prepare yourself before by looking into the company’s history and values and the role of the person you’re meeting with. Also, always have printed copies of your resume with you.

Dress Clean but Casual

Unlike a tradition interview, there is no need to be dressed in a suit and tie, but you also don’t want to be wearing a t-shirt and jeans. A blouse or button-down shirt and tailored slacks make up the perfect ensemble to impress your interviewer.

Only Order a Drink, No Food

It certainly okay, and even recommended, for you to order something to drink during the interview, whether it be coffee, tea, or just water. However, it is best to refrain from eating. You should also offer to pay, even though the interviewer will most likely insist on floating the bill.

Choose a Quiet Corner to Chat

Because a coffee shop is a social place, it is easy to get distracted by the goings-on around you. Find a private, quiet spot to talk where you can sit across from the person interviewing you with a table in between for you to put your drinks, papers and other belongings.

Exchange Contact Information

Before you leave, make sure to trade business cards and establish when you should be expecting to hear from the interviewer next. Additionally, like after any interview, you should send a thank-you note that references specific high notes of the conversation you had.

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