Mind Your Manners
And now for some tips you can use long after you’ve aced your interview—dining etiquette. The way you handle yourself while dining says a lot about who you are to employers and to future clients. You may already know, but there are simple rules about the simplest things, such as which utensils to use and which glass is yours. Those rules can be somewhat overwhelming, but they don’t have to be. We’ll walk you through the dos and don’ts so you know what to order, when to order, and which conversations are safe to bring up at the dinner table. With the help of these tips—and a few simple reminders—your confidence will carry you through any professional dinner with panache. It’s all here, in this short refresher on Dining Etiquette.
Excellent etiquette is crucial to professional success. From the way you use your eating utensils to what food you order, everything matters. Read on to develop your etiquette, bolstering your brand.
You only get one chance to make a good first impression.
Etiquette during meals and business events may shape the way that your colleagues perceive you. It will also provide you with the confidence you need to interact in social and business settings.
If you are ever unsure about how to handle a situation at the table, follow the golden rule of etiquette by following the lead of the host. By paying close attention, you’ll learn many things, including:
Engaging in appropriate conversation is also very important at a business meeting or dinner. Again, following the lead of the host can be helpful but the most important thing is knowing your audience and tailoring your conversation accordingly. Remember these rules: