Dining etiquette can be critical to career and job search success!

Our annual etiquette dinner is an opportunity to learn and practice good table manners to assist you in being successful in your job and internship search and as a new professional. Employers want to observe your conduct during meals and social situations, particularly for jobs requiring a certain demeanor with clients and superiors. On a practical level, interviews can last several hours or all day; the employer is gracious to host you for breakfast, lunch, and/or dinner. The meal is a time to interact with others; this is always more important than the function of eating. We want to help you prepare to make the best impression!


Hold the date!

Wed. Nov. 1, 2017

Time tentative and subject to change: 5:00 pm - 7:30 pm
5:00 pm: Check in and networking.
5:30 pm: All are seated and event begins.

Owens Banquet Room.

Who may attend:
Virginia Tech students in any major or academic level, enrolled during fall 2017.

When to register:
Registration to open mid-September.
Registration closes when event is fully booked, OR date TBA, whichever occurs earlier. 
Tentative: Seating is limited to 150 students.
A waiting list might be established after the deadline; call during office hours to ask; (540) 231-6241.

How to register:
1. Login to Hokies4Hire.
2. Select "Career Events" on the top menu.
3. On career events page, from drop-down menu choose "Dining Etiquette." Select "Search."
4. Select "Dining Etiquette: A Networking and Fine Dining Experience" to register.
There is an option to request a vegetarian meal, if you desire, when you register.

Business attire required.

Cost | fee | billing:
2017 TBA.
2016 fee for students was $11, because our generous sponsors covered 75% of the cost of this event.
Thanks to our sponsors listed on right sidebar, the fee for each student is 1/4 the actual cost.
Career and Professional Development is not responsible for billing.
You will receive a statement from University Bursar Accounts Receivable Office.

Cancellation and refunds:
2017 cancellation deadline: Date tba to receive a refund.
You may cancel in person or by phone.
Note the office closes at 5:00 pm.
No refunds are given after the deadline.

If for any reason you realize you cannot attend, up to the day of the event, please contact Career and Professional Development during office hours, by phone at (540) 231-6241 or in person.


Attendance expectation, courtesy and professionalism

Signing up for this event constitutes your commitment to attend. The purpose of this event is to help you learn to conduct yourself professionally in the workplace and elsewhere. We would be remiss in our duties to you as students if we did not let you know that failing to attend any meal or other business or social appointment to which you commit, without calling to cancel, is considered extremely discourteous to other individuals. As noted above, significant expense is made by others for the cost of this event; 75% of your dinner expense is funded by our generous sponsors. Individuals who work for those sponsoring organizations travel to campus and extend their work day to host students at the dinner. Tables are set, seating assignments made, and dinner is prepared. When individuals don't show, this impacts and is a discourtesy to hosts, planners, sponsors, and the other students assigned to be seated at the same table. True emergencies, which are rare, with prompt contacts to explain, are understood. Changing your mind about attendance at the last minute does not constitute an emergency.

Excellent article explaining that managing your time is managing your reputation:
The topic of the RSVP and no-showing. [Presentation-pointers.com]

Dining etiquette how-to

Event sponsors: 

2016 sponsors:

2015 sponsors: 
• FedBid
• Kohl's
• VT Alumni Association 

2014 sponsors:
• FedBid
• Kohl's
• VT Alumni Association

2013 sponsors:
• Kohl's
• VT Alumni Association

2012 sponsors:
• Kohl's
• Ingersoll Rand
• PepsiCo
• VT Alumni Association

2011 sponsors:
• Capital One
• Kohl's
• Norfolk Southern
• Northrop Grumman
• Vanguard
• VT Alumni Association

2010 sponsors:
• Dominion
• Kohl's
• VT Alumni Association

2009 sponsors:
• Advance Auto Parts
• Eaton Corporation
• Rackspace
• VT Alumni Association

2008 sponsors:
• Wolseley North America (Ferguson)
• VT Alumni Association
• Vanguard
• Lockheed Martin
• Ameriprise Financial

2003 through 2007:
This event was co-sponsored with generous support from Wolseley North American Division (Ferguson Enterprises) and the Virginia Tech Alumni Association. Apex Systems joined us as a sponsor for the 2007 event.

We greatly appreciate the generosity of all our sponsors!