Don’t panic though. Here, David Baddeley at Scottish Trust Deed reveals the surprising question that every interview candidate should ask when they’re face-to-face with the boss: ‘Where do you go for lunch?’
“Initially, the prospect of asking where your potential colleagues eat lunch may seem a little bizarre,” he tells Red. “However, it’s another great way to grasp company culture. It may be a red flag if the interviewer states that people tend to eat at their desks. If this is the case, do not be afraid to ask why. It may be the case that the company workload is high, and colleagues do not have the time to stray away from their desks.
“If people tend to eat communally, also establish if this is a good fit for you. Many work spaces like to use their lunch break as an opportunity to ground themselves and obtain some alone time”.
So, next time you’re stuck for a question at the end of an interview, casually ask about the socialising situation, and whether lunch breaks are on the cards. Be sure that this doesn’t come across as like you’re trying to blag less time at your desk, but rather a genuine interest in getting to know your colleagues and what the culture is like. It could strike up a conversation that helps build a good rapport too.
This article first appeared in Cosmopolitan/UK