Columbia Business School Tells Its Students They Smell

Prospective bankers reminded to bathe, brush teeth, be nice
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 19, 2010 4:07 AM CDT
Updated Oct 24, 2010 8:13 AM CDT

(Newser) – Columbia Business School has emailed first-year students to let them know that being stinky and pushy isn't going to help them find jobs in finance. A "friendly reminder" sent to students and obtained by Dealbreaker informs them that company recruiters have complained and urges them to follow personal hygiene basics, including brushing their teeth regularly and using antiperspirant.

Another email notes that some students have been observed elbowing peers out of the way and "attacking bankers with questions." Students are reminded that "acting in a socially undesirable way runs a strong risk of branding you as undesirable not just to your classmates but also to recruiters." One suggestion: "Do not overwhelm bankers with questions when they are taking a small break (ie, chewing food.) Remember that they are also human beings and have had a very long day at work."
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