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Table manners and basic lunch interview etiquette.

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  • 1. Dining Etiquette
    Nicole L. Davis, PhD Southern Illinois University Carbondale
  • 2. To Start Off With…
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    Host will signal when to be seated at the dining table
    Wait until everyone has been served before beginning to eat
    Small groups
    Large groups
  • 3. The Equipment
  • 4. Table Setting
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    “Liquids on your right" and "solids on your left“
    In the center: dinner plate
    To the right: glassware, cup and saucer, knives, spoons, and a seafood fork if the meal includes seafood
    To the left: bread and butter plate, salad plate, napkin, and forks
  • 5. Which Fork Do I use?
  • 6. Which Fork Do I use?
    Water Goblet
    Coffee Cup
    Dinner Fork
    Dessert Spoon
    Salad Fork
    Dinner Knife
    Dinner Spoon
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    Napkin
    Fish Fork
    Dinner Fork
    Salad Fork
    Soup Bowl & Plate
    Dinner Plate  
    Dinner Knife
    Fish Knife
    Soup Spoon
    Bread & Butter Plate
    Butter Knife
    Dessert Spoon & Fork
    Sterling Water Goblet
    Red Wine Goblet
    White Wine Goblet
    Table Setting
  • 8. Napkin Use
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    Put your napkin on your lap soon after sitting down at the table
    Small napkins, unfold
    Large napkins, fold in half
    If you leave the table during the meal, place your napkin on your chair as a signal to your server that you will be returning
  • 9. Napkin Use
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    Meant only to be dabbed at the lips and should not get dirty in the process
    If napkin falls on the floor during a very formal event, signal a member of the serving staff that you need a fresh one
    Once the meal is over, place your napkin neatly on the table to the right of your dinner plate
  • 10. Silverware
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    “Eat from the outside in”
    Details
    Use one utensil for each course
    Dessert spoon and fork are above your plate or brought out with dessert
  • 11. Silverware
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    Once you have used a piece of silverware, never place it back on the table
    It is not proper to allow even the clean handle of a knife or fork to rest on the cloth while the other end lies on the plate
    Unused silverware is simply left on the table
  • 12. The Knife and Fork
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    Holding knife and fork
    Use of knife and fork
    American
    European
  • 13. The Courses
  • 14. Appetizers/Buffet
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    Don’t crowd the buffet
    Don’t graze, take what you want and walk away
    Appetizers may be eaten with your fingers, unless very elaborate
    When in doubt, follow your host
  • 15. Bread Plate
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    Bread and butter plate sits left of the dinner plate
    When butter is passed, take enough for yourself and place it on the edge of your B&B plate
    Eat rolls or bread by tearing off small bite size pieces and buttering only the piece you are preparing to eat
  • 16. Soup and/or salad
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    Spoon the soup away from you when you take it out of the bowl and sip it from the side of the spoon
    Do not slurp soup from a spoon
    If your soup is too hot to eat, let it sit until it cools; do not blow on it
    Place used spoon on the saucer, not in the soup bowl
  • 17. Main Course
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    If food spills off your plate, you may pick it up with a piece of your silverware and place it on the edge of your plate.
    Taste food before seasoning it
    Pass salt and pepper shakers together
    Try a bit of everything on your plate
  • 18. Dessert and Coffee
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    Dessert utensils will most likely be provided with the dessert
    Id you do not like coffee, simply place your hand over the cup when offered, or tell the waiter “no, thank you” or ask for hot tea
    NEVER turn the coffee cup upside down on the saucer
  • 19. Finishing Touches
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    Leave your plate where it is in the place setting
    Lay your fork and knife diagonally across your plate
    Place your knife and fork side by side, with the sharp side of the knife blade facing inward and the fork, tines down, to the left of the knife
  • 20. Tips and Pitfalls!
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    It is inappropriate to ask for a doggy bag when you are a guest.
    Save the doggy bag for informal dining situations.
    It is best to order foods that can be eaten with a knife and fork.
    Finger foods can be messy and are best left for informal dining.
  • 21. Tips and Pitfalls!
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    Do not order alcoholic beverages in professional situations.
    Drinking too much when dining out is one of the most disliked behaviors.
    Sit up straight at the table.
    It makes a good impression.
    When you are not eating, keep your hands on your lap or resting on the table (with wrists on the edge of the table).
    Elbows on the table are acceptable only between courses, not while you are eating.
  • 22. Tips and Pitfalls!
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    Pass items to your right
    Season your food AFTER you have tasted it
    Never chew with your mouth open or make loud noises when you eat
    If food gets caught between your teeth and you can't remove it with your tongue, leave the table and go to a mirror where you can remove the food from your teeth in private
  • 23. Tips and Pitfalls!
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    Engage in table conversation that is pleasant but entirely free of controversial subjects.
    Never spit a piece of bad food or tough gristle into your napkin.
    Remove the food from your mouth using the same utensil it went in with. Place the piece of food on the edge of your plate. If possible, cover it with some other food from your plate.
  • 24. The Matter of RSVP
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    When invited to an event, ALWAYS RSVP by the deadline provided.
    If you are able to attend, state if you will be alone, or bringing a guest
    If you are unable to attend, state a brief reason why
    It is not necessary to remain longer than thirty minutes after dinner if the invitation does not include the entire evening.
  • 25. Lunch Interviews
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    Know the place and time
    Be prompt
    Allow at least two hours for the business meal
    Wear business attire
    Turn off your cell phone
    Or leave it in your car
    Business discussions usually begins after placing the meal order
  • 26. Lunch Interviews
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    Order items that can be easily eaten
    You aren’t there to eat…exactly
    Eat a snack before you go
    Do not drink alcohol
    even if offered
    If you smoke, don’t
    Take any medication prior to the entering the restaurant when possible
  • 27. Lunch Interviews
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    NEVER ask for a “doggy bag”
    You could be the best candidate based on qualifications…
    But if you don’t pass the “meal test”, you may get passed over for someone else