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Attire for job interview as Art & Design teacher

Discussion in 'Art and design' started by anneli71, May 4, 2011.

  1. Hi all,

    Would like some thoughts on what you think is appropriate to wear for an interview for Secondary Art & Design Teacher?
    I've worn trouser suits in the past but never, ever wear anything that 'good' in school normaly as it just gets wrecked! I also find them very restrictive to teach art in - especially if you're doing a throwing demo on a wheel! (I'm a Ceramics specialist). My normal attire consists of loose combat style trousers, dm style boots and a plain t-shirt with hat or headscarf.... not interview material really.
    Any thoughts on how one can appear professional yet show your true artistic self' at the same time.
    Thanks All
    Anneli
     
  2. Hi all,

    Would like some thoughts on what you think is appropriate to wear for an interview for Secondary Art & Design Teacher?
    I've worn trouser suits in the past but never, ever wear anything that 'good' in school normaly as it just gets wrecked! I also find them very restrictive to teach art in - especially if you're doing a throwing demo on a wheel! (I'm a Ceramics specialist). My normal attire consists of loose combat style trousers, dm style boots and a plain t-shirt with hat or headscarf.... not interview material really.
    Any thoughts on how one can appear professional yet show your true artistic self' at the same time.
    Thanks All
    Anneli
     
  3. I've taken advice from my wife on this.
    Currently, it seems that Sarah Burton clothing is 'a-la-mode'.
    You can contact her care of Alexander McQueen where I am told she is Creative Director (whatever that means). Can't promise that you will find much original though, as it seems everyone is "after the look". Also I hear Philip Treacy hats are the in thing this month. If you really are scared just do M&S.

    Alternatively, you could just forget about the expected interview attire (you're an art teacher; it's expected you are a wierdo) and be more concerned about what gaffes you may say on the day of the interview, maybe even dare to look yourself, be yourself and let your abilities and skills as a teacher get you the job. I find honesty and confidence in candidates to be a very alluring attribute, as it leads to very successful combinations in pupil/teacher relationships.

    Honestly, style advice for art interview? Is this what we are left to help with on these threads? (Too much of a pun, I know.)
     
  4. Oh sorry, I thought I was on Mumsnet.
     
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  6. dear annie
    this topic came up recently at an interview skills workshop i attended and the general consensus was that you should look like you have made an effort!! especially if you know the peope who are interviewing. otherwise something clean despite understanding that the job would involve wrecking such a nice suit!! (i am also a ceramist)
    hope this helps
     
  7. Mmmm,

    I agree. You should look like you have made an effort as you are going for a prospective job role. Saying that, you still want to show your true artistic flair. As one of your previous replies said, trousers, a flowing brightly coloured top, smart shoes. A lot can be said by a good pair of shoes! Being clean and presentable is the most important thing you have to worry about apart from the actual interview process. Think before you speak but don't leave too long a gap before replying. One person I interviewed took so long to reply that I thought she had gone off with the fairies.

    Good luck and just be yourself.

    :) Tell us how it goes please
     
  8. Hi All

    Thanks for your feedback.
    I did have my own ideas but it's nice to have them confirmed!!
    My question was really also to open a discussion about interviews for subjects such as art & design...
    every article you see written on interview attire always seesm to concentrate on what is appropriate for non practicle subjects....
    Once again thanks all and I'll let you know how I get on..
    Anneli
     
  9. darkness

    darkness New commenter

    For interview, emphasis on professional and scrap artistic self through clothes.
     
  10. I have to agree...you need to appeal to the people interviewing you, so by all means, show your personality/creativity through jewellery and accessories...but not all the people involved in the interview will be interested in your creative side - tthey'll want to see you as a reliable, committed and professional member of staff - so make sure that you're smart, clean and tidy...
    Hope this helps!
    Naomi x
     

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