Although lunch or dinner with a prospective employer may be more relaxing, it is still part of the evaluation process. Good behavior and proper dining etiquette are very important to the overall impression the employer will have of you.
- Keep your elbows off the table.
- Use silverware working from the outside toward your plate.
- After using a utensil, keep it on your plate instead of putting it back on the table.
- When ordering food, take your cue from your host. Don't order the most expensive item on the menu!
- Avoid foods that may be messy or difficult to eat (e.g., crab legs, spaghetti, spareribs, corn on the cob).
- Place your napkin on your lap as soon as you sit down and keep it there throughout the meal. If you leave the table during the meal, place the napkin on your chair.
- Taste your food before seasoning it.
- Pass the food clockwise.
- Be polite to your server.
- Engage in table conversation with small talk or topics of mutual interest. Avoid talking about politics, religion, or inappropriate jokes.
- Turn off your cell phone.
- Don't talk with your mouth full. Take small bites.
- Remember to thank your host for the meal.