he savvy professional knows the importance of strong dining skills and it should come as no surprise that dining, unless done well, could be disastrous to your reputation. It is for this reason that second interviews are often conducted over a meal. How you conduct yourself at the table, under pressure with a mouthful of food, can either positively or negatively influence a business decision.
The key is to know what to do before the uncomfortable moment presents itself. A successful business meal requires advanced skills and thoughtful planning. The following are a few basic dining etiquette tips that a young graduate or seasoned executive can’t afford to overlook:
- The host (the invitee) is responsible for the success of the meal. Everything from selecting the restaurant to paying the bill and taking care of the tip falls under the heading of a “sophisticated host.” However, not all hosts are sophisticated, and as a guest, you must assume nothing. Make sure to carry money and a credit card in your wallet in the event there is confusion with the bill and the server hands it directly to you (a rare occurrence but it has happened). The host should immediately take control but in the event he or she delays, put your credit card in the leather bill holder without hesitation. If this is a job interview, think carefully before accepting a job from someone who is not prepared to pay for the interview meal.
Written By Diane Gottsman
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