October 18, 2017, 6:22 am
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Dine like a diplomat...

SAN FRANCISCO. — A university in California is concerned with those candidates for management jobs that lose confidence about interviews over meals. A published article by Kathleen Grubb writes that your conference suit and entire appearance is sharp; your resume impressive. What else could a graduate student need to succeed in the cutthroat world of business? How about table manners?

You may have gone through college not using silverware, mostly just hand-held pizza slices with tomato sauce running down your elbow. But after 21 years of academic success, you would most likely be applying where the interviewer would take you to a 4-star resto with three forks on the left and three knives on the right. When to use which?

It is a given that Filipino businesspeople and professionals conduct much of their transactions at eating places. Professional interviews and other meetings scheduled at meal times happen frequently. Therefore, table manners, which fork is which, mealtime motions and habits, and table presence is put to test. The etiquette consultants interviewed by the article enumerated table behavior, adding that good manners may not guarantee a job, but poor manners can hurt an otherwise qualified candidate.

A graduate student with a 3.8 GPA was a finalist for a choice marketing job. At a second interview at an elegant Chinese restaurant, he continuously used his thumb to push rice onto his spoon. With the prospective employer matching, the interview took a downward trend at the risk of putting a “baduy” (tacky) guy like this to a sensitive management position in his organization. While it is okay to put your elbows on the meal table at college dorms, it is not okay while at a 5-star restaurant with a prospective employer. Once you put your elbows on the table, that’s it, writes the author. You can’t save the day. Your boarding house habit has shown.

The course included such tidbits as the proper way to pass the salt (always pass the pepper too—salt and pepper on the meal table are conjoined twins; what to do when you must sneeze; responding to a question after taking a huge bite of steak (no-no to huge bites of anything);
using a finger bowl, and identifying which knife should be used for fish. (The waiter needs to know what you are ordering so that he will know what type silverware to put in front of you—he hopes you will know how to use.)

After the lecture, a “Tutorial Lunch” with knives on the right hand and forks always in the left, tines down; sip soup without slurping sounds; experiment with chopsticks... or confidently ask the waiter for a fork? Buttering bread—the entire roll, or breaking a small piece at a time?

When toasting, what role for the guests, the host, the honoree? Who says what to whom during a toast?

What to order that is convenient to eat while talking, answering interview questions? Not spaghetti, not bony fish, not crabs...nothing too messy to eat. A burger, yes, but put down in the plate, cut a bite-size piece with fork and knife... unlike how you would eat a burger at a Jollibee with the guys. How about a club sandwich or small salad or a bowl of chowder... easily eaten fast. You are with this person not to get your day’s quota of nutrients, but to be in his company and answer his questions intelligently. Can’t answer his questions well while breaking apart and dig for edibles in a crab or shrimp. 

And don’t order any alcoholic drink... no beer, martini, tequila. The hint that you may be an alcoholic will leave a bad taste in the mouth of the interviewer. Ice tea...benign and safe. 

Getting a good job involves a series of interviews, and without planning on it, the interviewer and interviewee end up still together at noon, needing to lunch together, or a 6 p.m. having dinner together. The “sizing up” does not stop during the meal. The criteria shifts. The interviewer’s attention moves from your impressive resume and marketing skills, to your disgusting table manners.

Your sins of omission and commission while eating may blow your chance at a coveted job.

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Dahliaspillera@yahoo.com
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