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Nonprofit, Human and Social Services and Public Service employer feedback for men

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What is your first impression?

·         Well dressed, professional, still needs someone to tailor his suit to fit and take tags off.

·         Looks professional, friendly and confident.

·         Professional and very serious about the job opening.

·         Looks very professional.  May be a little over dressed for human services with the jacket suit, but I would assume he is wearing this to show he has the ability to dress up.   For some non-profits they don’t want you to look as if you cannot relate to people they serve, so this could be too much.

Is this appropriate for a career fair?

·         Yes, if during the fair you are going to be interviewed on the spot.  It also shows you are very professional even if you aren’t going to be interviewed.

·         For my specific area it would be over dressed.  But I would rather have people over dressed than under dressed.

·         Yes.  I would hope they would dress to impress because there are so many different types of organizations hiring.

Is this appropriate for an interview?

·         Yes, very much so, even for the entry level positions.

·         Yes

 

What is your first impression?

·         Casual, confident, college student on a low budget.  Need to find friends with clothes the same size or go to GW.

·         OK, would be an improvement if a tie is added; prefer a suit.

·         Professional, with a little laid back attitude.

Is this appropriate for a career fair?

·         The real answer is no.

·         Yes, but I’d rather talk with the person in the suit.

·         Yes

 

Is this appropriate for an interview?

·         Not for a professional position.

·         Again…depends upon position and focus of business.

·         Yes, as long as it is not for a top-level position.

 

 

 

 

What is your first impression?

·         DJ looking for a new job.

·         OK, but too busy with the pattern in the shirt.

·         Shirt is distracting.

Is this appropriate for a career fair?

·         Only for a DJ career fair.

·         Yes this would be okay.  Again, depending on what type of career choice.  If sales, then no.

·         Yes; however, I would put on another solid color shirt.

Is this appropriate for an interview?

·         No

·         Depending on the career choice.  If it’s for a more professional field I would say a suit.

·         It depends on the job you are applying for.  It would be safer to dress up a bit more, perhaps a tie.

 

 

 

 

 

What is your first impression?

·         Too casual, trying to look good but just not there.

·         Get your hands out of your pockets and stand up straight!

·         Looks comfortable and casual.

·         Very casual – doesn’t care.

Is this appropriate for a career fair?

·         Maybe for an intern, but not for full-time

·         OK

·         Not if you are serious about finding a job

·         Not necessarily as there are many organizations, it doesn’t look like you prepared at all.

Is this appropriate for an interview?

·         Maybe

·         It all depends on the career field he is interviewing for.  I would say yes for some but no for others like a sales position.

 

 

 

What is your first impression?

·         He’s here for the pens and refrigerator magnet!

·         Blue jeans are not appropriate

·         No, not worth interviewing if they don’t take the time to impress me by dressing up.

Is this appropriate for a career fair?

·         If you’re there for the pens and refrigerator magnets.

·         Jeans probably a little too casual.

·         NO.

Is this appropriate for an interview?

·         Absolutely not.  Would not even consider hiring the person.  It would show me they didn’t care about the job.  I’d worry if they are this casual now, how would they be in the future?

·         No, not jeans.

·         Absolutely not!

 

 
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What is your first impression?

·         Excellent.  Skirt appropriate length and top not revealing.  Shoes match, perhaps may want lower heels if not comfortable walking in higher heels.  Would not want the interviewee to fall down, or trip due to the shoes they are wearing.

·         Very professional, approachable, confident.

·         Professional—cares about her career and wants to get ahead.

Is this appropriate for a career fair?

·         Yes, very much so

·         Yes –shows she has plans to succeed in her career.

Is this appropriate for an interview?

·         Absolutely.  Suit and no unnecessary jewelry is perfect.

·         Yes, very professional.

 
 

 

 

What is your first impression?

·         Also excellent.  I think in today’s society either a dress suit or pants are acceptable.  Coordinated well.

·         Professional, confident.

·         Again, looks professional and ready to start working.  I would like to interview her.

Is this appropriate for a career fair?

·         Probably

·         Yes

Is this appropriate for an interview?

·         Absolutely, no unnecessary jewelry, top not revealing.  Hair style natural, not done up.

·         Yes.

 

 

What is your first impression?

·         She’s here for the pens and refrigerator magnets.

·         Too casual.  Not a good first impression, although the jeans don’t have holes in them and that’s a plus.  Shirt and shirt underneath is fashionable now, but not appropriate for first impressions when interviewing.

·         Looks nice but not when looking for employment.

Is this appropriate for a career fair?

·         No, too casual.

·         No, as it is very casual.  Don’t look serious about job hunting.

Is this appropriate for an interview?

·         Absolutely not.

·         No, way too casual.  Not jeans for an interview.

·         No, but people do it all the time and it is disappointing.  I am a young supervisor and I still feel a person should dress to impress (professionally) for an interview.

 

 

What is your first impression?

·         Nice, but looks like it was thrown together on the way out the door.

·         Droopy.  Her clothes just look too big and overpower her.

·         Sloppy—doesn’t care.

Is this appropriate for a career fair?

·         Maybe for an undergraduate internship, but not otherwise.

·         Maybe

·         It can be but may limit some of her options for different organizations because she doesn’t look like she is seriously looking.

Is this appropriate for an interview?

·         Not very polished or put together, but not terrible.

·         No.

 

 

What is your first impression?

·         Too dressed up.  Too light in color, dress too short, shoes match the outfit but this is not a wedding. 

·         Cute and short (meaning the length).  Looks like a date night dress or attending a wedding.

·         Not for an interview or job searching…and I hope no one thinks they should wear this.  Nice outfit to go clubbing, going out for drinks.

Is this appropriate for a career fair?

·         Absolutely not.

·         No, not at all.

Is this appropriate for an interview?

·         No.  Will be fidgeting with hemline all day.

·         Absolutely not.

·         Not at all!

 

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