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Old 12-02-2015, 09:06 AM
 
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Have a strange question and not sure what to do. Let's say you are going to an interview, company is very laid back and has fridges full of beer and a bar on site. During the interview they offer you a beer. Do you take the beer or not.

This would be at a high tech company, for an engineering role.
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Old 12-02-2015, 09:23 AM
 
Location: Los Angeles
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That is beyond weird but I'd say no since I'm driving home shortly. As appealing as it sounds, I'm not sure I'd want to work at that place.
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Old 12-02-2015, 09:30 AM
 
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Many years ago my wife interviewed for a job at a well known Canadian beer maker at their US headquarters. She described the place as very well appointed, with a full, upscale wood bar with all the trimmings. She was asked if she'd like a beer and she turned it down in the interview. Mistake......

Either except the beer or be honest and tell them why you should not except the beer, for interview purposed etc..
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Old 12-02-2015, 09:37 AM
 
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My main concern, is that part of the interview process they are looking for someone that mixes well with the team. And if they break to have a beer during the day, I don't want to be the guy that doesn't mix in well.

BTW I love beer.
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Old 12-02-2015, 09:41 AM
 
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My main concern, is that part of the interview process they are looking for someone that mixes well with the team. And if they break to have a beer during the day, I don't want to be the guy that doesn't mix in well.

BTW I love beer.
If it were me, knowing that they love beer too otherwise there wouldn't be a fridge full, just be honest with them. Either except the beer of tell them you love beer but you don't want to give them the wrong impression at the interview.
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Old 12-02-2015, 09:49 AM
 
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I don't think I would "accept" the beer because it would just be odd. If you think you are going to lose points for not accepting the beer, just accept it and take a drink or two.
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Old 12-02-2015, 09:57 AM
 
Location: Los Angeles
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They could also be testing you to see if you would accept a beer at a very important job interview. It's a lose/lose situation, or a win/win. I'm not really sure.
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Old 12-02-2015, 10:58 AM
 
Location: A Yankee in northeast TN
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I'd turn it down with a voice full of regret with the explanation' that under other circumstances, not having to drive immediately after the interview, other appointments, offer is much appreciated though, etc.' whatever sounds like a reasonable excuse while still letting them know that it's not a problem for you under other conditions.
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Old 12-02-2015, 04:42 PM
 
Location: HoCo, MD
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You just do what you think is right. It's a judgement call. There is no right answer.

Put yourself in that same position. If you offered someone a beer, would you really judge them based on their answer?

What if it was gum? Is there going to be paranoia on whether or not there's something wrong with your breath?
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Old 12-07-2015, 06:00 AM
 
Location: Western Pa
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Unless, your company MAKES the beer, I would not accept the beer during the interview processes. While I know a lot more companies are starting to stock beer / booze and have a after 4-5 cocktail hour. I do not see having a drink on the interview ( unless meeting at a bar or if sampling their product)

More importantly be confident and firm with your answer/decision.
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