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This week, in our Summer Associate Series*: what are some of the business etiquette tips that summer associates and interns should know? Etiquette can often be one of the hardest things for schools and mentors to impart — but of course it matters, and business etiquette is something we’ve talked about a LOT through the years.
Readers already working: what are the biggest business etiquette tips you wish interns and SAs knew? Which are the biggest blunders you see (from both the guys and the gals)? Summer associates and interns: what are your biggest areas of confusion?
(*Name aside, we hope this series will be helpful to ANY intern, whether you’re a law student or another woman interning in a conservative office for the summer.) Check out our previous posts on general summer associate style and what to wear for the creative summer associate events. (Stay tuned next week when we specifically talk about dining etiquette.)
- Here are some of the biggest internship etiquette blunders we’ve seen
- how to deal if you’re paired with a “mentor” who doesn’t like you (and how to handle the chance meeting with the office VIP)
- how to be humble but professional
- when to use last names in a professional setting — and how to react when you’re called the wrong name
- how to travel with your coworkers
- whether you should take personal calls on the clock
- whether headphones are appropriate at work
- how private to keep your personal life (or at least your expectations of privacy)
Readers, what are some of the etiquette issues you’re seeing at your offices this summer? (Fun question: do you chalk it up to “newbies!” or “generational divide”?)