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Comments from businesses in the College of Engineering and Architecture

What is your First Impression?

 

  • Good first impression - professional, serious. It says you care enough to make that good impression; It may be more formal than is necessary for most meetings
  • Perfect
  • Very sharp
  • Has an interview(s) today, or other semi-formal occasion to attend; Like the suit and tie very much
  • Clean cut outfit
  • Ready to go
  • Conservative professional
  • The outfit looks professional, well put-together & thought out
  • Very professional; Taking the job search seriously

Is this appropriate for a Career Fair?

  • Appropriate (depending on the position); The outfit looks professional, well put-together & thought out
  • Nice touch!
  • Definitely appropriate
  • Very suitable
  • Perfect
  • Appropriate
  • Yes, but if the person is uncomfortable in the clothes it shows
  • I wouldn't expect this dressy at a career fair
  • Slightly over-dressed for a career fair, but at least taking the event seriously if doesn't also have interviews to attend
  • Probably too formal for such an event; Many of the interviewers are likely to be dressed less formally
  • A little overdressed

Is this appropriate for an Interview?

  • This is a very good example of a professional look when looking for an engineering position
  • Good choice - though depending on the person interviewing and the situation,
    it might be appropriate to lose the jacket after the first impression is made
  • Would be appropriate
  • He means business
  • Very well-dressed for an important meeting
  • I’d hire him
  • Appropriate (depending on the position interviewing for); The outfit looks professional,
    well put-together & thought out
  • We don't require a suit and tie for our interview process but looks very nice
  • Yes - very professional


What is your First Impression?

  • Casual, maybe looking for an internship but probably not taking it seriously, at least for an engineering position
  • Good first impression - clean, well-fitted, comfortable
  • Well put together, nice colors
  • Great smile! Looking for a job is fun! This would be an appropriate outfit for attending an information session or dinner out with a company
  • Seems well-dressed for everyday wear
  • It's a good looking outfit but not suitable for an interview; It's good for social networking or casual Fridays
  • Casual, borderline everyday
  • Appropriate (depending on the position interviewing for); The outfit looks professional, well put-together & thought out
  • Business casual - caution the potential for cotton pants to get wrinkled
  • Laid back/ business casual

Is this appropriate for a Career Fair?

  • Fine choice; It is casual enough to be comfortable to wear and seems perfectly appropriate for a student on his way to becoming a professional
  • Would be appropriate
  • Acceptable for a career fair, but not someone I would remember as having made an effort to look nice
  • Should add a tie if going to attend a career fair
  • Great
  • Appropriate (depending on the position interviewing for); The outfit looks professional, well put-together & thought out
  • Perfect for a career fair - comfortable enough to still go to class in
  • Yes for an internship candidate
  • A tie or a jacket would help a lot in looking more professional and prepared

Is this appropriate for an Interview?

  • Unacceptable for an interview; I assume he's not serious about the opportunity and has somewhere else to be
  • Probably too casual for an interview - but great for casual Friday and, in most offices, any other normal work day and most routine client meetings
  • Would be appropriate for our company
  • Too casual for an interview; Should wear coat and tie unless otherwise instructed
  • Should be wearing a suit to a professional level interview
  • Need to have a tie and not let the white shirt show
  • Depending on the position, this outfit would be acceptable; If you were interviewing for a more formal or executive role, a suit may be desired
  • This would be fine for an interview with our company but I explain in the invite to interview that we don't expect a suit and tie; I might be surprised if I didn't define that and they showed up this way
  • A tie and jacket would be helpful
  • Need at least a tie, and adding a jacket would be very helpful in looking professional


What is your First Impression?

  • Very professional without going overboard - crisp and clean, but looks comfortable without being restricted
  • Good first impression
  • A bit less formal than wearing a jacket, but it still says this is a person who understands how business works and who takes pride in his appearance
  • Very nice, good colors
  • Nicely dressed
  • Probably not everyday wear; The clothes look nice, though, even without the jacket
  • Looks good
  • Young professional
  • Appropriate (depending on the position interviewing for); The outfit looks professional, well put-together & thought out
  • Looking for a job, took appearance into consideration

Is this appropriate for a Career Fair?

  • Appropriate (depending on the position interviewing for); The outfit looks professional, well put-together & thought out
  • Likely a bit more dressy than most - but that may set you apart. It manages to be professional but still comfortable; An excellent choice!
  • Great career fair look, probably the most common; I like the effort of putting on a tie
  • These would be fine, and show that he made an effort to dress 'up' a bit for the career fair
  • Presentable
  • Great
  • Absolutely; This is the best choice
  • Yes - if they are a senior looking for employment a jacket would help
  • Appropriate for a career fair

Is this appropriate for an Interview?

  • This would be perfectly acceptable for an interview - especially at an entry level position; It would also be perfectly appropriate for most client meetings
  • Would be appropriate
  • Bring a jacket; You don't have to wear it during the interview, but bring it with you
  • Should wear the jacket too; Might be instructed to take jacket off to be more comfortable, but should enter with it on
  • Appropriate (depending on the position interviewing for); The outfit looks professional, well put-together & thought out
  • It does set an impression when I say no suit or tie necessary to interview but they show up slightly exceeding your expectations. This is the most preferred dress for an interview with our company; A jacket can be warm and uncomfortable
  • This may be acceptable for an interview, but a jacket would be beneficial in looking more professional


What is your First Impression?

  • If making a good first impression in a professional situation is important, this is NOT the look to choose
  • Looks like he's getting ready to order pizza and play video games; This is not someone who is looking for a career
  • OK for everyday wear
  • Dirty shoes, untucked shirt, and pants are too baggy
  • Casual, laid-back, not work-ready
  • Too casual - going to hang out with friends
  • Sloppy
  • Not serious about looking for a job; Forgot about the career fair or interview
  • Did not consider appearance to potential employers

Is this appropriate for a Career Fair?

  • Although those you will meet know you are a student, this is still too casual
  • Save it for a night out with your friends
  • Tennis shoes and jeans make look a little inappropriate
  • Too casual; Come on - make SOME effort!
  • Career fair is only another task to check off the daily list
  • Not suitable
  • Couldn't take the applicant seriously
  • Inappropriate - too casual
  • Too casual; Shirt is good with slacks and something other than tennis shoes
  • Not acceptable; Jeans and tennis shoes are not appropriate for career fair or interview

Is this appropriate for an Interview?

  • Person is not taking the interview seriously or is not looking for an engineering position
  • Definitely not suitable for a professional level interview; Facial hair must be cleanly groomed
  • Not appropriate
  • No good; Go home and change before you arrive for an interview
  • Would wonder if he is serious about our job opportunity?
  • Too casual
  • Don't know if I could get past the outfit
  • Shirt is ok, but wear slacks and a tie
  • Too casual unless you are applying for a job at the mall
  • Very inappropriate


What is your First Impression?

  • Appropriate (depending on the position interviewing for); The outfit looks professional, well put-together & thought out
  • Good first impression
  • Professional without being too dressy/formal
  • Needs tie
  • Great business casual look
  • Probably not his everyday clothes, but well-dressed
  • Looks nice
  • Laid back professional
  • For some reason looks not finished, would rather see a tie and no jacket; Tie is like a piece of jewelry
  • Looks okay, but is not completely professional looking without the tie; Is trying to dress-up, but still a little casual

Is this appropriate for a Career Fair?

  • Appropriately casual, but it still gives an impression of professionalism and maturity
  • Maybe a little much for student
  • Great look for a career fair
  • Like this look for the career fair; In between everyday and the interview
  • Pretty good
  • Should wear tie
  • Yes!
  • Appropriate (depending on the position interviewing for); The outfit looks professional, well put-together & thought out
  • Don't need the jacket
  • Maybe for some engineering jobs, more office related engineering jobs a tie would help a lot

Is this appropriate for an Interview?

  • Sorry to say it, but put on a tie; You CAN NOT be overdressed for an interview
  • Probably want to add a tie for an actual interview or a formal client presentation, but this would be appropriate for almost any other meeting
  • Would be appropriate, but would suggest tie to make look more complete
  • Should simply add a tie, and would look great for an interview
  • Looks good
  • Yes, but on the first interview I would probably suggest a tie
  • Appropriate (depending on the position interviewing for); For a more formal or executive role, a tie is recommended
  • The outfit looks professional, well put-together & thought out
  • Should really be wearing a tie; The look without a tie is a little too casual

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Last Updated: Friday, July 29, 2011 9:20:38 AM