Good manners aren’t about “putting on airs.” They are about making people feel at ease—at the table, in business meetings, and at social events. The impression you make on someone determines your ability to succeed as much as your on-the-job abilities and knowledge.
If you are invited to lunch or dinner by an employer, accept! Extending this invitation to you is an indication that they are truly interested in you and, perhaps, they want to observe your social graces before making a final decision. As one interviewer remarked, “We make it clear that the image of our corporation is reflected not only in our product, but also by those involved in producing our product. The behavior of our employees on and off the job, on the street, or in the marketplace, is of great concern to us.” Here are a few hints to remember when dining out: