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Etiquette Tip of The Week: Rules of interviews and alcohol


When it comes to interviews and alcohol, first thing’s first. If you don’t drink, don’t drink. In business, it is better not to have alcohol, because you want to keep a clear head. Never walk around an event with a glass of wine pretending.

Here are some of the rules of interviews and alcohol:
While waiting in a restaurant for your interviewer to arrive, do not order alcohol.

If the interviewer asks you if you would like an alcohol beverage, ask first, “Are you having one?” (In an interview meal, the interviewee orders first and the interviewer orders second.)
If the interviewer is not having alcohol, you do not have alcohol either.
If the interviewer is having alcohol, you may join him/her… or not.

If the interviewer is throwing back three and four alcohol beverages, do not join him/her. Stop after the first.
An interviewer downing multiple cocktails is a red flag. Remember, you are interviewing the company as much as they are interviewing you.

If you do order alcohol, get a glass or red or white wine. Only because I care, will I tell you not to order white zinfandel when out on business. It’s considered a little on the tacky side. If you want to keep the ball in the box in your fridge at home, that’s fine. I promise not to tell anyone.

Plenty of non-alcohol beverages behind the bar: pop/soda, soda water with a lime (looks like a cocktail), or cranberry juice. Again, better to keep a clear head in business.

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Etiquette Tip of The Week: The Sweet Seat


When you invite someone out to lunch, that means you are the host and you pick up the check. It also means you offer your guest the best seat. Which is the best seat?

The seat facing out into the dining room.
The seat with the best window view.
The seat that is away from the aisle traffic.
The seat that is the most comfortable. (In the case where one side of the table is a cushioned couch-like banquette and the other side is a hard wooden chair, offer your guest the cushy banquette.)

If you are the guest, wait until your host tells you where to sit and remain standing by your seat until your host takes his/her seat.

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Etiquette Tip of The Week


“What do I do with my other hand?” College and graduate students and people in business often ask me that in a dining tutorial. If you are having soup, what happens to that hand not holding the spoon?

You may put the other hand in your lap or rest your wrist or even your forearm on the edge of the table.

What about elbows? If you grew up being told, “Keep your elbows off the table,” there is an exception to that rule. (Sorry, Grandmas!)

When you are between courses and there is no food on the table, you may put your elbows on the table. Usually, you do that in those big banquet meals where there is a lot of background noise in the room and you lean forward on your elbows so you can converse with a person on the other side of the round 8-top or 10-top table.

You may not put your elbow on the table if the purpose is to prop up your tired head.

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Etiquette Tip of the Week: Gastrointestinal turmoil for job candidates


A group interview for a large financial firm was held at a posh restaurant. One of the interviewers handed the wine list to a candidate and said, “Order for the table.”

This test has caused gastrointestinal turmoil for countless job candidates, but the rules to acing it are simple:
1) Select a wine that is moderately priced. Do not pick the cheapest (which shows you might not have good taste) or the most expensive (which shows you might run up the expense account.)

2) Do not spout off about your wine expertise. This shows you are pretentious and trying to one-up others: an unpleasant character flaw in a co-worker or new report.

3) Do not shake it, if you can fake it. If you do not know the first thing about wine, present the wine list to the wine steward, discreetly point to a price point and say, “I would like something from this area.” The rest of the table need not know if you are referring to the Rhone Valley in France… or $42. Most wine stewards recognize this as code for, “I don’t know beans about wine, so please pick out something from this price point that will make me look good.”

If you are not a consumer of alcohol, it is perfectly acceptable to say, “I don’t drink alcohol, so I must pass this on to someone more qualified,” then hand the wine list to the person next to you or back to the interviewer. No further explanation is required.

You do not have to be interviewing for a large financial firm to be put in this situation — there are a number of occasions in business dining where it might come up. Stick to these rules and you will be fine.

Etiquette Tip of The Week


Tip #1: Lemon is lovely in your iced, hot tea or other beverage. Lemon slices are garnishes — they are there to look pretty. Lemon wedges are to be squeezed. To keep a lemon wedge from squirting the person next to you, cup one hand over it while you squeeze, or poke it with the tines of your fork before you squeeze it.

Tip #2: Don’t be intimidated by a table full of silverware or flatware. Start with the utensils on the outside and work your way in towards the plate with each course. Your dessert fork and/or spoon will be above your dinner plate or served on the plate with the dessert.

Etiquette Tip of The Week- July 8-14th


There are three styles of serving a meal:

1) Butler Style: food is portioned out for you and served, often in a pretty presentation (butler not required)
2) Buffet Style: food in set out on another table and you serve yourself, then return to your table
3) Banquet Style: platters or bowls of food are passed around the table and you serve yourself

One of the great ironies, is when you go to a large banquet, they usually serving “Butler Style,” not “Banquet Style.”

When should you begin eating?
1) At a banquet or any dining situation where you are sitting at a table with eight or fewer people, begin when everyone at your table has been served. (It is not necessary to wait for all 200 people in the banquet hall to be served.) If there are nine or more people at the table, wait until at least a few people have been served to begin.
2) In an interview meal or dinner party, follow your host’s lead and begin eating when your host begins.

3) With a buffet, you may begin eating as soon as you are seated, but it is polite to wait until at least a few people have joined you. You never want to look like you are half-starved at a business meal.

No matter what style, remember to sit up straight and bring the food up to you.

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Etiquette tip of The Week:Follow through with the I Do...


If you are offered a job and you accept, follow up a verbal agreement with a letter of acceptance that shows your enthusiasm.  If you decide not to take an offer, send a letter of regret.

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