An impressive interview can set you up for a life-long career, or it can keep you from the opportunity of a lifetime. Ms. Diane Gottsman, national etiquette expert and owner of The Protocol School of Texas, laid out what one should expect and the tools you will need to impress the recruiters at your interview dinner. Thanks to Career Services at SHSU, LEAP Center students had the opportunity to become experts in the European style of dining. Ms. Gottsman not only explained the correct way to handle silverware, how to stir your tea, and how to properly sit while at the table, and she also made the evening extremely interactive and inviting. Ms. Gottsman answered questions throughout the event and directed individuals as they practiced their etiquette during dinner. She offered many pieces of advice from the importance of the second interview meal to the color of an interview shirt.
It is not only important to have strong verbal communication with recruiters, it is equally important to know the strength of your wardrobe and how different colors may portray you as a strong, confident individual or easily forgettable. Ms. Gottsman emphasized this topic heavily and suggested we speak with someone we respect to help us discover what clothing will look the most professional. For example, if one was to wear a navy blue suit to their interview dinner, then they should choose a light blue shirt to stand out and show their confidence. A white shirt would suggest the strongest color, while a darker color would present itself as less confident.
Ms. Gottsman spoke of her experience with companies and described how she speaks to the same companies that will be hiring many graduates. She teaches them what to look for from potential hires and in turn teaches students precisely what companies’ look for. It is a win-win for SHSU students and these top US companies. Learning these skills helps students get one step closer to securing their first job.
The skills LEAP students learned require constant practice and will be used throughout our careers. Students enjoyed not only getting to interact with Ms. Gottsman, but also having the opportunity to practice their etiquette skills during a delectable three-course meal. LEAP Center students were pleased to enjoy a delicious meal and learn proper etiquette, another step towards the journey to professional careers.