Job interview ... what to wear?

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  1. CyFair

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    First of all .... hi! I'm new here.

    This might seem like an obvious question, but I'm a bit rusty on such things as job hunting, etc. I've been staying home with my kids and I haven't taught since the year 2000. My son is about to begin kindergarten, so I'm gearing up to launch into my job search. I'll be seeking a job as a secondary language arts teacher.

    My standard dress for the past few years has been workout attire. I don't have anything interview-worthy in my wardrobe, so I'll have to go shopping. (I hate shopping, by the way.)

    So what should I look for when I hit the mall? One of my non-teacher friends recommends a stern black or dark blue business suit. Isn't that a bit much? I was thinking I could get away with wearing a dark, below-the-knee skirt, and a short-sleeved blouse of some kind.

    And what about my hair? My friend thinks I ought to pull it back in a bun, but I prefer to just pull it back with a large clip, which is much more casual.

    Any thoughts? What did you wear for your last interview?
     
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    I have had three interviews so far this year. I wore a black suit with a short sleeved white blouse under it. The suit has a blazer and a skirt that comes below my knee. I wore my hair pulled back in a bun for the first two (which were on the same day) and yesterday I decided to try a braid instead. I thought maybe my hair pulled up in a bun made me look to rigid.
    Last year on my interviews I had a black skirt that comes to my knee. and a white shirt with my hair in a bun. I was offered one part time job that I did not end up taking.
     
  4. Aliceacc

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    Hi, and welcome!!!

    Do you have an interview lined up, or are you getting ready in general?


    I'm back on the interview curcuit as well, after 6 years home with the kids (and a whole dress size, so I've had to invest in "teacher clothes" as well.)

    I think that the appearance of professionalism is key, and in my book, that means a blazer or suit. I got a few suits on sale-- I always wear a suit for parent meetings. Since I'm HS math, I also sometimes wear a suit to work-- being up at the board makes that possible.

    I haven't bought a blue or black suit-- the one I wore yesterday was a soft tan/blue plaid job. I got it on sale at JC Penney for $79. I buy a lot of suits there, always on sale. You might want to hit their website.

    Plan B: Go for a blazer and floral skirt.

    I think having your hair back in a nice clip would be professional enough.. not as severe as a bun.

    We have a great thread on interview practice-- why not take a look there?
     
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    I bought mine at Kohl's each piece came seprate so it cost me 72 dollars for the whole thing.
     
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    OK, you win by $7::p

    I got some great stuff at Kohls too! I found a spring-tweedy type of blue skirt for like $8 on a clearance rack. Then, on the next clearance rack, a matching blazer (same manufacturer, same fabric) for like $20. I was one happy shopper that day!!!
     
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    I always wear a black pants suit and I have a few shirts that I wear underneath. One is a pink sleeveless shirt, one is a light pink floral blouse with 3/4 length sleeves, and on occasion I've warn a pink and white striped collard button-down underneath. I really like the black suit, but I always try to add some color underneath.
     
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    LOL Alice,
    I didn't mean to win.
    Beth I can't find a pants that are long enough to fit me and fit around my waist. They are either to short or to big. So the skirt works best for me. Do you think a skirt is ok?
     
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    I think a skirt is fine. I just don't wear them for interviews because I don't like to wear closed-toe shoes with skirts! haha
    When I bought my suit I actually didn't buy it together. I bought the blazer at JC Penney, but didn't like how any of the matching pants fit so I bought a pair of black pants at Express that match perfectly and fit really well.
     
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    Why not? Winning is cool!! And, of course, I was only kidding.

    I personally prefer skirts as well... just my own personal preferance unless it's bitter cold &/or snowy.
     
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    What to wear?

    I just moved from Florida where the interview attire was a lot more informal, so I had to invest in a suit. I have my first interview next Tuesday. I did go with a suit, but I just couldn't bring myself to go with the standard black or navy, so my outfit is an ivory brocade with a pale pink blouse underneath and beige pumps. Does that sound acceptable?
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    I am just getting ready in general. I submitted my application and resume to the district yesterday, and I just want to be ready in the event that they call me to schedule an interview.

    Come to think of it, I have a beige blazer that I could wear. The thing is, I'm in Texas, and it is incredibly hot down here right now. People wearing blazers look so unnatural and uncomfortable this time of year. But I guess it's better than being underdressed.

    A question about the skirt: Does it have to be below the knee? I have an a-line skirt that comes down to about mid-knee. It's black, with tiny beige flowers. If I wear the blazer, the skirt would match quite nicely.

    And shoes ... I have about 10 pairs of running shoes, 6 pairs of sandals, and that's it. I sort of don't mind shopping for shoes though. So should I look for something with a heal, or will it be okay for me to wear flats?
     
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    I was told even in Florida to always wear shoes that cover your toes because you don't want to distract the interviewer. Heels or flats are fine. And for the skirt, I know that as long as it is knee length it is good too.
    Trinda
     
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    I think the skirt sounds fine. And how about shoes you could use to teach in?
     
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    Trinda,
    Welcome! I think a suit is great but I don't think it has to be a dark color. Good luck on the interview!
    When I interviewed in the summer it was very hot but I always wore the jacket in and then took it off if I felt like it.
     
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    what i wore to my interview 2 weeks ago

    Hi, well I wore something totally different to my interview 2 weeks ago...and I got the job...

    a powder blue pinstrip suit (skirt was below the knee)
    jacket was closed with a white casual v-kneck blouse under it
    open toe high heeled mules, no stockings
    hair was slightly curled under, hanging straigh down, no clips

    so a syou can see I broke all the rules, but still made a great impression at my interview and was called the next day with the job offer

    New 3rd Grade Teacher, former 3rd Grade Assistant (or 2 years)
    NC
     
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    No, you followed the rules. You wore a suit. Your hair was fairly conservative.

    Around here, the stockings are a must (I think!) but that's got to be a regional thing.. the temps here have been pretty moderate up unitl now.

    Breaking the rules would have been a halter top and shorts!!
     
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    interview...

    LOL...the day I interviewed it was 98 here....I couldnt bear the stockings....
     
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    I wore a black skirt, slightly below/above the knee ( I can't really remember ;)) On top I wore a lilac purple pin stripe jacket with a black simple shirt underneath (no collar) and open-toe black heels. My hair was worn straight down. Its long and, to tell you the truth, it needed a trim.

    I got the job. It was between me and someone else

    I think the most important thing is to look professional but still be yourself. if you feel better with the clip, wear the clip. Its a big change from your life staying home with your son and I hardly think acting like someone you don't feel you are will make you confident at your interview.

    Good luck!!
     

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