Dear Experts, I've had an informal job interview with a company (upon their request) and have now been invited to come visit the company and plant. They are taking care of my hotel booking and have already informed me they will pay for my room. I will travel by car, at my own expense. If they offer to have dinner together after my visit, should I offer to pay for dinner or at least offer to split the costs? Or, in your opinion, can I accept the invitation? I am a woman by the way, and I expect my meeting will be with a few men. Here is how our CAREEREALISM-Approved Experts answered this question on Twitter: Q#385 The dinner is part of the interview process so it's on their dime - your job is to "fit in" and say thank you. (@juliaerickson) Q#385 Yes, you can and should accept an invitation. But they should pay. Protocol suggests that the interviewer pays. (@gradversity) Q#385 Do not offer to pay or split the cost of dinner. The company should, and will pick up the cost if you are invited. (@DebraWheatman) Our Twitter Advice Project (T.A.P.) is no longer an active campaign. To find an answer to the above question, please use the "Search" box in the right-hand column of this website.

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My grandparents owned a two-story walkup in Brooklyn, New York. When I was a child, my cousins and I would take turns asking each other questions, Trivial Pursuit style. If we got the question correct, we moved up one step on the staircase. If we got the question wrong, we moved down one step. The winner was the person who reached the top landing first. While we each enjoyed serving as the “master of ceremonies on 69th Street,” peppering each other with rapid-fire questions, I enjoyed the role of maestro the most of all my cousins. I suppose I was destined to be an educator.

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