Clarion, Pa.- Kappa Alpha Psi, with the help of Women’s United, hosted a Men’s and Women’s Etiquette Class Tuesday night
at 6 p.m. in Gemmell 250 to inform students of proper techniques to use on formal occasions.
The class was largely focused on the aspects of interviews and how students should present themselves.
President of Kappa Alpha Psi Dewayne Anderson said, “A lot of young men and women don’t know how to present themselves. We’re here to further their knowledge.”
Nearly a dozen people attended the event and were exposed to knowledge on what to wear, what to bring and how to act in an interview.
A list of dos and don’ts were presented by Anderson and Women’s United representative Arian Fulcher, teaching both men and women their different tactics for an effective interview.
For men, it was recommended that they wear a solid color necktie along with a dark suit to appear professional. For women, the advice was to avoid showing any cleavage or too much skin and focus on leaving the bright-colored dresses in the closet.
The majority of the recommendations applied to both genders, especially when clothes were already discussed.
Universal respectable behavior includes wearing comfortable, closed toe shoes, avoiding putting elbows on desks and tables, covering any tattoos and maintaining a well-groomed state.
Other ways to impress and be prepared include bringing a minimum of three résumés to the interview. In the class, it was mentioned that sometimes an interview is not just one-on-one; numerous members of the prospective employer can sometimes be present. To show interest, it was also recommended that the interviewee have at least three questions for their prospective employer.
“This is important for the younger generation on campus to prepare for the real world, so they have the tools and what it takes to get a job,” said Anderson.
The etiquette class gave students in attendance the chance to pair up and practice one-on-one interviews. For some, this was more than just a simulated activity as a few students had actually dressed up for the occasion.
Anderson also took volunteers to come up to face the audience and give an elevator speech, an important skill in the workforce. An elevator speech is a summary of yourself and what you do that can be given in the time of an average elevator ride, usually around 30 seconds.
One of the students who attended, Traesha Pritchard, said, “I learned what a woman should and should not do in an interview.”
Graduate member of the fraternity Sean Thomas said, “I think the event’s very valuable. As a grad student, I know what some people in the workforce look for. We want to give them the opportunity to get in that workforce, and pass on that information.”
It was also stressed that many of the etiquette strategies for interviews also apply to other formal events such as banquets, presentations and meetings.