How the pros do it
Eight Tulsa pros share the secrets of their particular passions.
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Perfect your tableside manner
Lately, a three-point-something GPA and brilliant elevator speech aren’t enough to land your dream job. Jana Christian, president of The Etiquette School of Oklahoma, says corporations and universities are taking the interview process beyond the office, into restaurants or social situations.
“The doors of opportunity can be closed if you don’t have the proper skills,” she says.
Some examples: If you’re unsure about anything at the table, simply follow the lead of the host or hostess. Can’t remember which fork or glass belongs to you? Use this easy trick: Everything on the right (which is a five-letter word) has five letters — knife, spoon, drink; the fork (a four-letter word) goes on the left (another four-letter word).
The napkin goes on your lap when you’re seated. If you need to leave the table, place it to the left of the table setting.
Bread is always broken — never cut — one piece at a time. That’s how it’s buttered, too. And, to indicate that you’re finished, place your knife and fork together at the four o’clock position on the plate if you are right-handed. Left-handed persons should place the two utensils together at the eight o’clock position.
“The meal is like a waltz,” Christian says. “Follow the pace of the other diners.”
Most important, Christian says, is to follow up with a handwritten note (something only 3 percent of interviewees do). E-mail is OK to be timely but should always be followed with a handwritten note.
“It’s the handshake you leave behind,” she says.