How to dress for the interview?

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  1. heavens54

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    As my interview approaches, I am starting to get nervous. I am an older applicant. I want to look young and energetic and ready for whatever might be thrown at me.
     
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    How about a cardi and shell underneath in a popping color: turquoise, mango, lime...neutral skirt or slacks, nude heels.
     
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    It's spring time, so I second Czacza's advice: something bright with neutral or black.
     
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    As someone who is a young job seeker, I can honestly say that I see a lot of people my age that dress very plainly for being young. I'm talking all black suit, black heels, super boring. I get we have to dress conservatively, but we're teachers, not lawyers!

    My point is for you heavens is that I highly doubt you'll look the least bit old! But I would second everyone else's advice that a suit with a bright color underneath would be good. My go to outfit is a black suit with a floral blouse underneath. And nude heels. Nude heels seem to be really "in" right now and that's what I've been wearing... Also maybe a bright bag!

    Good luck! To me an older applicant is a shoo-in because you clearly have more knowledge than all of kids! : )
     
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    Is a scarf too fancy and distracting? We are not to dress how we dress when teaching, is the word I'm getting, right? Dress like we're going to a conference? Or church? On Easter Sunday?
     
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    I dress how I described most of the time, truthfully. But yes, err on the side of polished, conservative with pops of color in a top or jewelry, professional kind of dress. Here in the Northeast, it's not uncommon to wear a suit.
     
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    For the job I got I wore black pants, grey print cotton shirt, and a bright pink blazer. It was louder than most other interview clothes I used, but clearly it didn't hurt me.
     
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    For my last interview, I wore a gray pencil skirt, black heels, bright shell top, and matching gray suit jacket.
     
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    I have an interview tomorrow and think I'm going to wear a professional shift dress with a cardigan over top and flats. I typically wear pants, but want to switch it up for this one. Now on to the tricky question...do I need to wear panty hose?
     
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    Vateacher...I don't know the last time I wore pantyhose! I'd cream up if legs look dry or ashy...I also love Jergens Daily Glow for a little color, especially after the loooong winter we've had! Good luck on the interviews, y'all!
     
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    Topics like this make me happy to be a man. Interviewing? Wear a suit jacket, matching pants, button-down shirt with a tie, black shoes. None of this concern over colors, etc. :D
     
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    I second that! I wore a gray suit, white button-down shirt with a tie, and black shoes!!

    Mix-and-match outfitting is a fun topic to discuss in math class!! 10 tops, 10 skirts, 10 pants, 3 shades of hose, 80 pairs of shoes (since one shade of color can come in different heights!!)..... women's wear is just more fun than men's apparel! :lol:
     
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    My husband used to be in the military where there was no flexibility in what to wear...now he LOVES choosing ties (he has a lot!) that complement the color of his shirt...he also likes French cuffs with cuff links. Shirts without French cuffs are monogrammed. He always looks GOOD.
     
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    Ties are the bane of my existence. The fact that my school is casual enough that me wearing a tie would make me look odd makes me extremely happy.
     
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    I rarely wear a tie when I teach! I might consider this more often because it would definitely change my routine from button-down shirt, black jeans, and black sneakers every day! :lol:
     
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    Wear something that you feel comfortable and confident in. Wear something that won't cause you to "fuss' when you are waiting for the interview, or that could be a distraction. I normally wear a dress that falls below my knees, a cardigan, and nice flats.

    I also think this depends on your location... some districts are more formal than others.
     
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    I say whatever you are the most comfortable in. If you're pulling or tugging, it's not a good look!

    I'm old fashioned; I think you can't go wrong with classic black pants and blazer, with a bright top and impeccable jewelry.
     
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    Yes, dress comfortably.... During my first ever interview, I wore an ill-fitting suit and remembered squirming in the chair just to get comfy! Add in some nervousness and the total package didn't look good at all. Upon reflection, I'm glad I didn't get the job there because then I wouldn't be at my present location! :D
     
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    I think a scarf is fine!!! I wear scarves almost everyday. But I'm not sure how a scarf would look with a suit, depends on if it's tiny and you can tuck it into the suit jacket. If not the scarf might look good with a plain blouse and a cardigan? Wear whatever makes you feel confident!
     
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    You're a man?! Had no idea. Now I must totally recreate my image of you. :haha:
     
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    38/M. :lol:
     
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    I always wear a tie when I teach - bow ties, in fact. They don't flap around, attract spills, or dangle when leaning over desks, and the kids really like them.

    For an interview I wear the dress pants, dress shirt and nice shoes that I would wear teaching, and add a sport jacket for a bit more formality. I wear a long tie on an interview, because I don't want them to see how insouciant and eccentric I am until they've already hired me and it's too late!:lol:
     

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