Contrary to popular belief, not all interviews or business transactions take place in an office. Many times, employers will ask to interview you in a dining setting to see how you handle yourself in a different environment. Regardless of your professional field, there will always be events where you must prove that you know how to present yourself and your company in a professional manner. But don’t worry — the Etiquette Dinner is one way to learn how to conduct yourself in this setting.
This semester’s Etiquette Dinner will be hosted by Michael True, director of the Internship Center at Messiah College. He has been working in this field for 22 years now, and this will be his third year hosting this great event at the Mount. In the spring of 2010, True started a website called www.internqube.com, which helps students develop professional skills during their internship or co-op experience. Forbes Magazine recently picked this website as one of the “top 100 websites for your career” for the second year in a row.
The Mount is obviously very excited to welcome back True to host this great event, but what exactly will you learn? True can teach you essential skills you will need in a professional dining setting, such as holding your plate and drink in one hand while shaking hands with the other professionals present at the event. It is also an important reminder to always have your nametag on the right side of your chest. When you shake hands with people, their eyes are automatically directed to your nametag and they will associate your name with your face as you shake their hands.
True will also offer other helpful tips that are important to know. For example, when rising from your seat, you should never drape your napkin over the back of your chair. Always fold the napkin and place it next to your plate before rising from your seat. It is also important to note that interviewers typically pay for the meal. With that being said, remember to bring cash just in case and always wait to see if the interviewer is ordering dessert before you order — it’s just polite.
These small yet significant details can really affect your reputation as a professional mature adult in the business world, so be sure to be aware of them as you take your next step into the future. To hear other important tips from True, sign up to attend the Etiquette Dinner at the Career Center. But hurry — there’s limited spacing available.
The Career Center also thanks Enactus and Edward Jones for making this great opportunity available to students. We hope to see you all there!