“They don’t teach etiquette much any more, but if you ever have to choose between Incredibly Advance Accounting for Overachievers and Remedial knife and fork, head for the silverware“. – Harvey Mackay Picture this:
It’s the dream job of a lifetime and you’ve been called back for a second interview. This time, you’ve been asked to dinner to talk more about your qualifications for the position.
As you work hard to verbally sell yourself, the human resources director watches while you slice your entire steak into chunks and shove large pieces into your mouth. Between bites of meat, you take your roll, slather butter all over the outside, bite off a hunk and put the rest back on the plate. Meanwhile, your butter knife is greasing up the tablecloth where you put it down next to your glass.
During dinner, your cell phone rings. After answering it and dismissing the other party (after all, you are in an interview), you clear off a spot at the table and lay it down so it will be easy to answer the next time it rings. When dinner’s over, you wad up your napkin and deposit it in the center of your plate.
A few days later, you’re regrettably told you don’t fit the image of the company.
What went wrong?