What to Wear

If you are worried about what to wear to TNS, just follow the business casual rule. There are numerous opinions on how to define business casual, so here are some simple guidelines.


Business skirt or pants
Button down shirt, turtleneck, or sweater
Flats, ankle boots, or pumps
Blazer or vest is appropriate


Dress pants
Long-sleeved collared shirt
Dark socks
Matching belt and shoes
NOT expected to wear ties

What's not considered business casual

Jeans, tennis shoes, tight or short skirts, t-shirts and sweatshirts

Business Dining

Time to Eat!

As you move into your job search, you may find that interviewing includes lunch or dinner with members of the organization. Meals serve as an excellent time to exhibit your conversational skills, display poise, reflect attention to detail, reveal an awareness of cultural expectations, and demonstrate a sense of humor and composure. The brunch at TNS will provide you with the opportunity to practice dining in the business setting. Here are some basic tips to leave a good impression.


  • Begin eating only after everyone has been served
  • Your drink glasses (including coffee cup) will always be to your right
  • Pass food to the right
  • Silverware is used from the outside to the inside. If you use the wrong flatware continue using it and ask your server for a replacement when you need it
  • Ask those seated around you to pass the food; do not lean over to reach for it
  • Do not dunk your food
  • If you leave the table during the meal, place your napkin on your chair
  • Butter should never be placed directly on your roll. Put it first on your bread plate or dinner plate
  • Avoid putting used cutlery back on the table; place it on your plate instead
  • Your napkin should not be placed on the table until the meal has ended and you are ready to leave the meal
  • Purses, keys, gloves, etc. should never be placed on the table
  • Avoid putting your elbows on the table

How to Recover from (Inevitable) Calamities

  • If you spill something, do not make a big deal out of it. Blot it with your napkin and ask for another
  • If you spill something on someone else, apologize and offer to pay for the dry cleaning. Let the other person handle the wiping and blotting
  • Never call attention to the dining mistakes of others or be overly apologetic about your own

For more general business etiquette tips, please visit the Career Advancement library for additional resources.