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Miscellaneous employer feedback for men

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What is your first impression?

·         Neat and professional appearance.  I appreciate the fact that he cared enough to put some thought into his dress.

·         Looks very professional.  Tag is still on the left cuff of his jacket.  I personally find that distracting.  This would be appropriate for an interview or for high-level meetings/news conferences, but not so much for every day dress in our workplace.  This is someone who would make a good first impression on me.  My hope is that he would then follow-up with substance in his interview.

·         Well dressed.  Needs to remove tag from sleeve.

·         Looks sharp and well put together.

·         Very professional, however, I believe I’m seeing a tag on the sleeve of the jacket.

Is this appropriate for a career fair?

·         Yes (4)

·         I don’t attend career fairs, but seems a bit dressy to me.

Is this appropriate for an interview?

·         Yes

·         This is absolutely appropriate for an interview, and is what I would expect a man to be wearing if he interviews with me.

 

What is your first impression?

·         This looks like he just threw a jacket on top of a casual outfit.

·         This is professional, every-day look.  In my field, he could get rid of the jacket on most days and still be dressed appropriately.  Depending on the situation, he may need to add a tie, however.  This is not something I would feel is appropriate for an interview, but is a good every-day look for the workplace.

·         Well dressed, but a bit casual.

·         Nice, but looks more casual than the above picture.

·         A good example of business casual dress.  The jacket takes it up a notch in comparison to what we see in our work environment.

Is this appropriate for a career fair?

·         Yes

·         While I don’t attend career fairs, this seems appropriate to me.  It’s not over the top dress, but dressy enough.  May want to consider adding a tie though.

·         ??? – perhaps on campus

·         Yes.

·         It is, however, the business suit would have a more positive impact.

Is this appropriate for an interview?

·         Okay for our site, but in most cases I think this would be considered a bit casual.  Even the no-tie look would be fine if the pants and jacket matched.  The khaki pants make it appear too casual for an interview.

·         No.  I feel this is too casual for an interview.  Would not leave me with a good first impression and he would have to work harder in the interview to make up for a negative first impression.

·         It would be in the sense that it aligns with our business casual dress policy.  For an interview, however, I would suggest a business suit even though our daily dress code doesn’t require it.  A candidate is always certain that they’re dressed appropriately and present themselves most professionally if they put a suit on.

 

 

 

What is your first impression?

·         A good, every day look.  In some situations he may need to add a tie.

·         Overwhelmed by the pattern on the shirt.

Is this appropriate for a career fair?

·         Yes

·         Potentially, if there are no other options to wear, but it wouldn’t be my first choice.

·         It is but again, the business suit would have the greatest professional impact.

Is this appropriate for an interview?

·         This is absolutely not appropriate for an interview.  Far too casual.  At a minimum, he needs to add a suit coat.  Adding both a suit coat and tie would be even better.

·         This person would not be dismissed from the interview but it would not make a positive first impression.  I would say that this is not appropriate for an interview even in a business casual setting.

 

 

 

What is your first impression?

·         Fine every day wear around the office.  Not fine for high-level meetings or a job interview.

·         Casual

Is this appropriate for a career fair?

·         Seems ok for a career fair, but perhaps a bit on the casual side.

·         Perhaps too casual.

·         Yes, but a suit would make a stronger impression.

Is this appropriate for an interview?

·         Too casual for an interview

·         Definitely not appropriate for an interview.  Suit coat and tie are a must.  This would leave me with a negative first impression, almost like he didn’t care about the interview.

·         No

 

 

What is your first impression?

·         Too casual for work, interview, or career fair.

·         Way too casual.  Jeans in our office are only allowed on Fridays, and only if you don’t have any meetings that day.  Tennis shoes are a never in our office.  Makes it look like you don’t care about your work.

·         Looks nice but he jeans and tennis shoes are not appropriate for our environment.

Is this appropriate for a career fair?

·         Better to ditch the jeans and opt for dressier pants and no athletic shoes, at least.

·         Seems too casual for a career fair.

·         No

Is this appropriate for an interview?

·         No way

·         NO

·         In no circumstances is this ok to wear to an interview.  If an interviewee showed up looking like this, it would be a short interview.

 
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What is your first impression?

·         Professional, neat, appropriate for any work situation.

·         This is a nice, professional look.  It’s hard to tell, but it looks like there’s a tattoo.  A tattoo can look unprofessional.  Skirt length is good.  Not too short.  Can’t tell if she’s wearing hosiery or not.  If she’s not, she should to the interview.  Many places have policies regarding bare legs and you don’t want to show up to an interview breaking the company’s dress code!

·         Looks professional and well put together.

Is this appropriate for a career fair?

·         Yes

 

Is this appropriate for an interview?

·         Yes

·         Definitely appropriate for an interview.  Looks very professional and pulled together.  This is someone who would make a good first impression.

 

What is your first impression?

·         A nice, professional look.  This would be great for an interview.  It’s hard to tell, but it almost looks like one collar is sticking outside of the jacket and one is inside.  Just make sure they’re both the same!  Otherwise, nice.  Not too much jewelry.  A nice, business look.

·         Very professional and sharp looking.

·         Collar could use some straightening but a black pant suit is considered professional in our environment.

Is this appropriate for a career fair?

·         Yes

 

Is this appropriate for an interview?

·         Yes

·         Definitely appropriate for an interview.  A nice alternative to a skirt.  Would also leave me with a good first impression.

 

 

What is your first impression?

·         Way too casual.  She looks like she’s going to class, not to work.  Jeans are rarely ok in our workplace…only on Fridays and then only if you don’t have meeting that day.  Too dressed down.

·         Casual – especially with the jeans.

·         The clothes fit well and look nice but the outfit would not be considered professional or even business casual.

Is this appropriate for a career fair?

·         Not really, but I’ve seen much worse.  Okay for someone running between classes, I understand that.

·         No.  Pairing the top with dress pants might be ok, but not with the jeans.

·         Borderline.  This person would be at a disadvantage in comparison to others attending in suits.

Is this appropriate for an interview?

·         No

·         Definitely not ok for an interview.  Jeans are a huge no-no.  Never, ever wear jeans to an interview!

What is your first impression?

·         Okay for work, but a tad casual.

·         Looks sloppy.  The pants are dragging on the ground and the sweater seems too casual.  My biggest problem is the pants though.  A pair of heels would help make this look a little more professional and less sloppy.  While fine for an every-day outfit, this wouldn’t go over well at an interview.

·         Casual but still aligned with our daily dress code.

Is this appropriate for a career fair?

·         It might be ok for a career fair, but I’d suggest not wearing a sweater and being aware of the length of the pants.

·         Yes, but a suit would have more impact.

Is this appropriate for an interview?

·         In some cases, yes, but better to go for a more professional look.

·         No.  This far too casual for an interview. 

·         No.

 

What is your first impression?

·         Cute but too short and trendy for work, career fair, or interview.

·         She looks she’s going out to a bar, not to her job or to and interview.  No hosiery and the open-toed shoes are a big no-no.  Skirt is WAY too short.  This is not appropriate for work, a career fair or a job interview.

·         Looks nice but I don’t think it’s appropriate for an interview or career fair. 

Is this appropriate for a career fair?

·         Only if it was longer.

·         Absolutely not!

Is this appropriate for an interview?

·         Absolutely not!  Her interview would be very, very short!  Bare legs, open-toed shoes and a short skirt are a recipe for disaster!

·         No

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