Teaching the art of business etiquette

Dinner program helps students ‘shine’

Where should I put my dinner napkin when I momentarily leave the table?

What should I do when someone asks a question while I’m chewing food?

Do I have to eat everything I’ve been served?

Is it OK to ask for a doggie bag?

Should I show up on time or arrive fashionably late?

These are some of the most common questions students at Washington University in St. Louis ask during the Etiquette Dinner Program, an opportunity to enjoy a three-course meal and receive professional advice.

The next dinner is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 21, in The Orchid Room at the Danforth University Center. Seating is limited to 55 people. Dress is business casual.

Held each semester, the program simulates a lunch/dinner interview and offers tips on fine-dining etiquette, professional dress and business protocol.

“Our goal is to help students sharpen dining skills that will help them shine in both personal and professional settings,” says program facilitator Scott McIntosh, MBA events specialist in the Career Center.

Pre-registration and payment of $20 (cash or check only) is required by Friday, Feb. 17. (However, the cost is $15 for those who register by Feb. 10.)

To RSVP, students must stop by the Career Center in Room 110 of Danforth University Center.

The Career Center, the Women’s Society of Washington University in St. Louis and EnCouncil sponsor the program.

For more information, visit careercenter.wustl.edu or call 314-935-5930.