Hello! I read these forums avidly, but this is the first time I have actually posted. Up to now, the only things I would have had to post were frustrated rants about the difficulty I have found in getting anywhere with applying for jobs as a primary NQT - especially after having gone back to university as a mature student to retrain after a redundancy (damn that council funding being cut!) - and there are more than enough of those for me to read already, all of which have brought me some comfort and let me know I haven't been alone with this situation this year. However - I have FINALLY been shortlisted for an interview! After visiting a school and being told by the headteacher that if I hadn't had any interviews yet it was because my application wasn't grabbing people's attention enough, I had a really good go at making it stand out using my own noggin AND lots of the advice to be found here on TES, and finally something seems to have 'clicked'! I don't really have that many specific questions yet as all they have told me so far is that I have been shortlisted, with more information to come soon. As well as being excited, I'm now also fairly nervous (and a little terrified!). One of the things I would like some informal advice on is dressing for interview - does one (with one being a female) absolutely HAVE to wear a suit, with a button-up shirt/blouse? I have a lot of trouble finding shirts that fit me properly and let me move/breathe comfortably. I also am not sure if I can afford to buy a suit, as money is VERY tight at the moment (much as many schools ask me back by name when I do supply for them, it has stil been very sparse this year). I do need to go shopping for interview clothes so if anyone has any advice about this, that would be great. I know it's not the MOST important thing about going to interview but I am also aware that first impressions count for a lot! I expect I will post again when I have more details about the interview itself with some more specific questions or worries. The teaching part of the interview isn't seeming TOO daunting to me, as I feel like I've settled in to a nice little groove with my supply teaching this year, but I am still very nervous about messing up, particularly when they ask me searching questions in the interview. So any reassurance or advice that anybody has would be very, VERY gratefully received! Sorry for the long post - and thanks for reading - and I look forward to any replies that ensue!