Certain interview questions might seem strange at first, but they serve a vital purpose. An example of one of these questions is, “If you were at a business lunch and you ordered a rare steak and they brought it to you well done, what would you do”
This question is not a way for the interviewer to figure out how you like your steaks. This is a way for the hiring manager to see how you deal with conflict resolution and how you would represent the company in public. Can you take a setback in stride or would you freak out This is the kind of thing that is crucial to know about a person before bringing them into the company.
Points to Emphasize
This question does not necessarily require a lengthy response about the pros and cons of getting a rare steak, but the following points should be brought up.
- It’s okay to say that you would be disappointed
- Keep the interests of your dining guests in mind
- Show consideration toward the waiter
- Show that you would handle the situation maturely
Getting the wrong thing when you are out to lunch is understandably a letdown, but it can be disrespectful to make your dining guests wait while you get an entirely new steak. It is better to take this setback in stride.
Mistakes You Should Avoid
Although this question is about a hypothetical situation that might never happen, you should watch out for these common traps.
- Don’t say that you would demand a new steak
- Don’t come across as a pushover either
- Avoid saying that you wouldn’t know how you would react
- Don’t focus solely on yourself
If you are at a business lunch, then there will be other people with you. It is important to mention them so that the interviewer knows you consider the well-being of others in your decisions.
Answering this question should go something along the lines of:
Honestly, I’d be a little disappointed since I love my steaks with plenty of pink in the middle. But at the end of the day, I’m not going to make my business associates wait or embarrass the waiting staff for something that was an honest mistake. I’d just eat the steak that was given to me.
You should show your thought process when answering this question. Do not simply say you would or would not eat it. You need to show the interviewer that you think through every decision you make and that you are capable of coming to a solution that is in the best interest of everyone involved.