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Workshop teaches K-State students how to handle an interview conducted over a meal

Wednesday, February 28, 2007

MANHATTAN -- An interview for a job or internship can be nerve-racking enough. Add a meal into the equation, and job-seekers looking to make a good impression could get downright rattled.

Fortunately for Kansas State University students, K-State's career and employment services is sponsoring a dining etiquette workshop to help students prepare for an interview that takes place during a meal.

The workshop will be at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 13, in the Gold Room at Derby Dining Center. During the workshop, students will learn etiquette tips and techniques as they dine. Pat Pesci, director of K-State's hotel and restaurant management program, and Kevin Roberts, instructor of hotel, restaurant institution management and dietetics, will teach the workshop.

Students will learn how to pass items around the table, how to make pleasant conversation, as well as how and what to order -- including whether it is appropriate to order an alcoholic drink. Pesci and Roberts also will teach students how to recover from mishaps like a ringing cell phone and dropped or spilled food.

Students attending the workshop must dress in professional attire. The cost is $6.75 per person, but students with a K-State meal plan may use a meal exchange. Reservations are due Wednesday, March 7, by calling 785-532-6506 or dropping by career and employment services at 100 Holtz Hall.

Source: Amy Williams, amywms@k-state.edu
News release prepared by: Erinn Barcomb-Peterson, 785-532-6415,

This article was posted on Wednesday, February 28, 2007, and is filed under College News, Hospitality Management.