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Comments from businesses in the College of Science and Mathematics

What is your First Impression?

  • This is an outstanding first impression
  • Means business; Spent money and time preparing for the moment
  • This suit says he is proud to be a part of the company/agency; Believes he is an asset

Is this appropriate for a Career Fair?

  • Looks serious about getting interviews
  • Overdressed and might give the impression that you're trying too hard for the interview; Would go more business casual and represent yourself with good conversation/verbal skills
  • Too dressy

Is this appropriate for an Interview?

  • This would be a good outfit if interviewing for a management position, may be overdressed for some of our other positions
  • A must for East coast interviews
  • Very appropriate
  • Excellent for middle and upper management; Too much for unskilled


What is your First Impression?

  • The first impression is that this is a friendly person; Wants to look nice, not concerned about wearing a tie
  • Very typical business casual attire; Sets a good first impression
  • Salmon color is in; Makes you appear comfortable and well dressed
  • Relaxed - outgoing

Is this appropriate for a Career Fair?

  • Might be a little casual for a career fair
  • Perfect attire; I like it
  • Okay

Is this appropriate for an Interview?

  • For many positions this may be just right; Nice, comfortable and ready to get to work
  • Could add a tie and that would top it off nicely; Don't need an overcoat (especially for internship interview), but if you have one that goes with the pants it doesn't hurt either
  • Too casual unless applying for unskilled position


What is your First Impression?

  • A great first impression
  • Sharp, professional, approachable
  • Very nice - says he is ready to work and is proud of his part in the company

Is this appropriate for a Career Fair?

  • Good for a career fair! I think in that craziness it can get too hot for men in coats; Be comfortable but nice looking
  • Might be a bit overdressed - But not causing a problem for you by any means; The tie is not necessary at our booth
  • Maybe a little too much, but acceptable

Is this appropriate for an Interview?

  • Looks great! He put in that effort to wear a tie; Again, depends on the position
  • Very appropriate; Not overdressed, not trying too hard but spent time putting yourself together and preparing
  • Great!


What is your First Impression?

  • Doesn't look like he is looking for a job
  • The untucked shirt is unprofessional; Goes too far beyond "casual"
  • Not a good impression if the venue is an opportunity to meet a potential employer because it shows you're not trying very hard
  • Nice guy - ready to install cable or be a big brother

Is this appropriate for a Career Fair?

  • At a minimum, would tuck in the shirt and wear leather shoes if you have them, then that would pass sufficiently at a career fair. If you can afford business casual pants vs jeans would strongly advise that as you'll be compared against more sharply dressed candidates; You are making yourself more work to get past the over-relaxed attire and make yourself credible.
  • A tad too relaxed

Is this appropriate for an Interview?

  • Find a way to purchase at least one "interviewing" outfit or borrow something from a friend/family member if possible
  • I would expect more
  • Not acceptable for skilled position; For a non-skilled job could be okay


What is your First Impression?

  • Great first impression
  • Savvy, entrepreneurial - Could be a sales rep, business relationship manager or entrepreneur; The mix of business attire and the casual open shirt top works
  • Nice suit - but without the tie it is too relaxed for professional position

Is this appropriate for a Career Fair?

  • I think he will be comfortable at a career fair - He looks comfortable; Posture may indicate that he is very confident
  • I like this for a career fair - Professional but not overdone; The coat isn't necessary from my point of view, but doesn't hurt either
  • Okay

Is this appropriate for an Interview?

  • For an internship interview, wouldn't change anything. For full time interview on campus, might consider wearing a tie but this outfit doesn't need that. You could walk in, project confidence and competence and get hired pretty easily; If you're being invited to the company’s corporate center for interviews, I'd probably default to adding the tie
  • This person looks like they have been working and know what is acceptable to wear
  • Depends on position; West coast - definitely ok!
  • If you put on the suit - you better finish it with the tie; Otherwise, put on a polo shirt

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