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Dinner out with business associates, potential clients, and co-workers is quite common in the corporate world. In fact, extending an invite to the person’s spouse is also normal. I was shocked when a candidate who was going to become a potential manager/partner, in the interview process and close to an offer, got offended by our client asking if he and his spouse would like to, “Go to dinner?”
He acted indignant and shocked. I was told it was inappropriate and asked, “Is my spouse interviewing for the job?” No, it was just dinner, and then it got WEIRD. Really WEIRD.
My client was extending a friendly offer for them to all get to know each other better. It was a small firm, and they get together often. It had nothing to do with the spouse’s race, sex, education, looks, gender, interviewing the spouse, etc. It was just dinner. A basic civil small talk dinner to meet and see if a future partnership could be made. Dinner.
The offer was pulled, the hope of a new employee was smashed, and I was relieved. Can you imagine the dinner conversation they had met?