Dining Etiquette
Employers take job candidates out to lunch or dinner to evaluate their social skills, communication and interpersonal skills and to see how you handle yourself under pressure. Try and relax, listen and participate in the conversation.
  • Quick review of the 'Rules of Dining'
  • Top 10 Etiquette Rules​ - Anthony P. Cawdron, Events Coordinator for the President, Purdue University.
  • Familiarize yourself with the restaurant ahead of time.  This way you will know what is on the menu, especially if you have specific diet restrictions.  You can also print our directions to ensure you know the location of the restaurant and you will not get lost and arrive late.
  • Be polite and say “thank you” to your server
  • Lay you napkin on your lap once everyone is seated
  • Water glass should be on your right, bread plate should be on your left
  • Keep your elbows off the table, sit up straight, and don’t speak with when you mouth is full.
  • Don’t order messy food – pasta with sauce, soup, ribs, crab legs or lobster
  • Don’t order the most expensive entrée on the menu.
  • Do not order an alcoholic beverage.
  • If soup comes with the meal, spoon it away from you.
  • When you’ve finished eating, move your utensils on your plate.  This tells the server you are finished and place your napkin on the table next to you plate.
  • The person who invited you will be expected to pay the bill and tip.  Please thank your host for his or her hospitality and the wonderful meal.

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