Fall Etiquette Dinner

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. We want to help you prepare to make the best impression!

Date & details:

  • Wed. Nov. 1, 2017
  • Time: 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
    5:00-5:15 pm: Check in and networking.
  • Location:
    Owens Banquet Room.
  • Who may attend:
    Virginia Tech students in any major or academic level, enrolled during fall 2017.
  • Attire:
    Business attire required.


When to register:
Registration opens Mon. Sep. 18, 2017.
Registration closes when event is fully booked, OR midnight, Wed. Oct. 25, 2017, whichever occurs earlier. 
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. Click on the "Events" tab.
3. Select "Dining Etiquette" to register.
There is an option to request a vegetarian meal, if you desire, when you register.

Cost | fee | billing:
2017 fee for students: $11, because our generous sponsors cover 75% of the cost of this event.
Thanks to our sponsors listed below, 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: Wed. Oct. 18, 2017.
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.

Event sponsors:

Generous organizations cover 75% of the cost of this event!
Remember to say "thank you" to their representatives when you attend the dinner!
2017 sponsors: TBA.

Attendance expectation, courtesy and professionalism

Signing up for this event constitutes your commitment to attend, including arriving on time, and staying for the duration of the event. 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