Whether it’s a job interview or an important meeting, during a business lunch you are judged on your table manners. Read on and learn the basic table manner tips to make a great lasting impression.
1. NEVER PLACE YOUR ELBOW ON TABLE
The most well known table manner rule is to not place your elbows on the table. You may rest your forearms on the table but not your elbows. Your elbows should be kept close to your sides so that you can control your arm movements. If you wish you can rest your hands in your lap.
2. ALWAYS PLACE A NAPKIN ON YOUR LAP BEFORE BEGINNING MEAL
Napkins should be placed on the lap as soon as you are seated. It should be half-folded with the crease closest to you. When you temporarily leave the table, place your napkin on your chair to signal that you will be returning. Never wear your napkin like a cravat.
3. KEEP YOUR PHONE OFF THE TABLE
Don’t use your phone during dinner; it’s rude. Keep if off the table and set to silent or vibrate. Wait to check calls and texts until you are finished with the meal and away from the table.
4. IF YOU NEED SOMETHING THEN ASK FOR THE NEAREST PERSON TO PASS IT
Don’t stretch and reach across the table for something you want. Ask for closest person to pass it to you.
5. CHEW THE FOOD WITH THE MOUTH CLOSED
Eat slowly and take smaller bites so that your mouth doesn’t look stuffed. Place your knife and fork down between each bite, with the fork tines facing down onto the plate. Never speak with food in your mouth. Smacking and slurping food are major mistakes and a sign of bad table manners.
6. DON’T SHOUT FOR THE WAITER
Once you have figured out what you want to order, don’t shout for the waiter. Instead, try to make eye contact or raise your hand a little bit to grab his attention.
7. DON’T PICK YOUR TEETH AT THE TABLE
Picking your teeth during a meal is considering extremely rude, so If you ever get one, politely leave the table and clean it in the restroom.
8. EXCUSING YOURSELF FROM THE TABLE
Simply say “excuse me, please; I’ll be right back” when leaving for the restroom. Leaving without a word is rude.
9. DON’T DRINK WHILE YOU ARE CHEWING
Always wipe your mouth when you are not eating or before drinking. This is to prevent leaving food on glasses.
10. PLACE KNIFE AND FORK AS SHOWN BELOW TO LET OTHERS KNOW WHETHER YOUR MEAL IS FINISHED OR IF YOU ARE WAITING FOR DESSERT.