Columbia University is oft touted for having some of the most prestigious graduate schools. Its graduate programs in law, journalism and mathematics are all ranked in the top ten. So what’s going on with their business students?
According to The Huffington Post, students at Columbia’s Business School were chastised not only for being impolite, but also for being unhygienic. The students received two email notices from displeased board members of the Investment Banking Club, an organization that provides students with networking and recruitment opportunities.
The first communication focused on the students’ appearance. The “friendly reminder on some dress code and personal hygiene basics” recommended that the graduate students brush their teeth and comb their hair, and also offered advice on appropriate business interview attire.
The second email reminded students to be courteous to one another, and to potential employers:
“It has come to our attention that some of you have already managed to become notorious for their willingness to elbow their peers out of the circle around senior bankers and virtually attack the bankers with questions, thus preventing other students from networking and participating in the conversation. This is never a good strategy and acting in a socially undesirable way runs a strong risk of branding you as undesirable not just to your classmates but also to recruiters.”
While it may seem like common sense to dress your best when meeting a potential employer, the story is a good reminder that no matter how prestigious your school or what degree you’re earning, it’s always better to pay attention to detail.
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