|Posted by s.espinola on June 4, 2012 at 8:10 PM|
Courtesy and manners are essential to a developing career, but understanding and practicing greeting and eating etiquette says you have polish and class.
A family member of mine was interviewing for a sales job in the high tech industry. A component of the hiring process was to evaluate the candidates’ social performance in a cocktail and dinner setting. This experience emphasizes the importance of understanding basic etiquette that puts you at ease and helps you hold your own in such settings.
Let’s start with basic greetings. When you walk into a meeting room of people you may not know, shake everyone’s hand with a smile and introduce yourself. The smile will help you establish instant rapport. Westerners expect a firm hand shake, but keep in mind that styles can vary abroad.
Dining and Cocktail Receptions
Some of the basic etiquette in dining and cocktail receptions that many of us know includes:
But, beyond the basics, there are a series of fabulous YouTube videos on dining—from how to place the napkin in your lap to how to signal the waiter that you’re finished and your plate can be removed. I encourage you to watch them all. I know I learned something.
Don’t underestimate the value basic etiquette can have on your career, if not now, then certainly in the future.
Do you have a related greeting or dining experience you'd like to share that others can learn from?