Rude and Unhygienic: Columbia Business School Students?

toothbrushColumbia 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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2 Responses to “Rude and Unhygienic: Columbia Business School Students?”

  1. nancyb says:

    When a colleague of mine finished up his MBA at Harvard’s Business School, he was put through a meticulous session of what to wear/ what to expect/how to discuss salary expectations, etc. I thought everybody knew you NEVER take chances when you’re interviewing: when in doubt, conservative is going to win over careless every time. But maybe it’s good. Better to weed out folks with such poor judgment as to spend a wagonload of money on school, and then show up with green teeth to an interview? Who wants them on their team?

  2. PCB says:

    Maybe Steve Jobs’ casual dress was the inspiration of the Columbia
    students dress selections but certainly not the lack of hygiene.


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