Cultural fit is increasingly taking precedent over skills and experience yet many employers still trust the traditional interview process – could switching up the location help HR find out who their potential recruit really is?

“Lunch interviews are becoming more and more common across all sectors because it’s not just about professional fit anymore,” says Cheryl Hyatt, partner at Hyatt Fennell Executive Search.

“Now, it’s about how they fit the culture of the organization and the best way to get to know someone that way is on a social basis.”

Hyatt says lunch interviews can be held either one-on-one or in group settings and come with benefits for both the employer and employee.

“From the employer’s perspective, they get an opportunity to see how a candidate interacts with others around the table,” says Hyatt.

“They get a chance to see how the person communicates and how they treat individuals – not only the prospective colleagues or supervisors who are sat around the table but also the wait staff.”

It’s an approach already adopted by some top leaders and Walt Bettinger, the CEO of investment firm Charles Scwab, is one such advocate.

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