Thursday, October 20, 2011 myBiz Blog
Bucky's Career Corner: Dining Etiquette by Lisa Collins

Sit up straight! Keep your elbows in! Don’t talk with your mouth full! Early on, most of us were taught some type of basic dining etiquette. Dining etiquette is something taken for granted by most people, but if you're interviewing for a job over lunch or dinner, you cannot!

Table manners play an important part in making a favorable impression. The point of etiquette rules is to make you feel comfortable.

When on an interview over a meal, frequently asked questions are “What fork do I use?” or “Which one is my glass?” Answers are:

Use the silverware from the outside in beginning with the fork furthest from your plate.

Bread plate is always on the upper left side of your dinner plate, glasses on the upper right hand side. Use the finger tip trick to make the ok sign with your thumb and index fingers of both hands. The ok sign with your left hand forms a B and the ok sign with your right hand forms a D. B stands for bread; D for drink. Only do this trick under the table!!

Other tips to remember:

Always be respectful and courteous by saying thank you to your server

Order user-friendly food

Place your napkin on your lap once your host does or immediately after everyone at your table is seated

When passing food around the table, pass to your right (counterclockwise). Salt and pepper stay together

Do not eat too fast or too slow. Keep pace with the rest of the diners at your table

Wait for others at your table to receive their food before you begin eating

Review and practice the basic dining skills. The more your practice, the more confident you will appear and the more you can focus on building rapport.

To learn more about interviewing etiquette, attend the seminar Build your Interview Toolkit on October 25th beginning at 4:30 p.m.

Next week, check out the post on horror stories from employers!!! A must read for Halloween interviews!