Editor’s note: This is the second article in a series providing interview tips and techniques for attorneys. Links to previous articles in the series follow this article.

The lunch (or breakfast, or dinner) interview is ideally suited to reveal characteristics about the candidate not easily discovered otherwise, and can be useful from the job seeker’s point of view for similar reasons. Handled well, the social ritual of breaking bread together can cement a relationship. Conversely, handled poorly, one interview meal alone can destroy a candidate’s chances of getting a job offer. Furthermore, you will be judged on how you might handle yourself in similar situations in the future when clients (or potential clients) are present.