Why Attend an Etiquette Dinner?
You finally have an interview with your dream company and you can’t wait to dazzle them with your polished resume, new suit and impressive portfolio.
But wait, you’re meeting over lunch. No problem, right? You’ve eaten lunch before so you’re all set…as long as you know
- which way to pass the rolls
- what to do with your knife when not in use
- the correct way to place your napkin in your lap
- which water glass is yours
Believe it or not, knowing the answers to these questions could be the difference between a job offer and a polite, thanks, but no thanks. In today’s competitive job market, more and more employers are taking candidates out for a meal to see how they do in a social situation and being familiar with basic table etiquette can give you the advantage.
When is it and what should I expect?
Etiquette Dinners are held each semester. Students are guided through a 3 – 4 course meal by a Career Services professional staff member and learn the ins-and-outs of the dining experience. This event is designed to give you a competitive edge, but more importantly to improve your confidence level and lessen any fears or discomfort you may currently experience at a formal function.
What will I learn?
In addition to the many skills needed to navigate the dining experience, you’ll learn
- how to make introductions
- appropriate topics for mealtime discussion
- networking tips
- what and how to order
- ladies or gentlemen first?
Don’t get caught using an employer’s bread plate! Plan to attend the next Etiquette Dinner!