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Interview clothes

Discussion in 'Jobseekers' started by claire810, May 16, 2011.

  1. Hi all, I have interview coming up in a primary school and I am not sure what to wear!
    I always thought suit but I really am not that comfortable dressed in one - especially when teaching. I had an interview quite recently for a tlr job and the other two candidates were dressed smartly but did not wear a suit or jacket - cardigans I think.
    I want to create a good impression but obviously want to feel confident in what I'm wearing and me!

     
  2. I had 2 interviews last term. I went in a suit for my first interview. I didn't get the job. I secured the second one and had opted for a dress and cardigan. I don't think the outfit swung it, mind you!
    I guess the suit might be the safest option but clothes can make a difference to how you feel and act. I feel uncomfortable in a suit and think a small amount of that shows, however hard I try not to let it. I'd be interested to know what proportion of candidates don't opt for a suit nowadays.

     
  3. Lara mfl 05

    Lara mfl 05 Star commenter

    I've just been for an interview this morning & opted for a skirt, top & waistcoat witha lightweight jacket (I'm female by the way) as it was for an independant school & I wanted to look quite formal. If I'm invited back for a second interview to teach I will stick to a skirt & top (high -necked) with a gilet for the teaching or a suitable dress & add a jacket for the 'formal interview'.
    If a state school with a fairly 'loose' dress code I would have though a dress & cardi would be perfectly acceptable.
    Anecdotally, a couple of years ago I was told I was 'over-dressed' for the 'catchment-area of the school' as it might alienate some of the children, so it might pay to find out the catchment area.
     
  4. Shirt, skirt, a cardi and flats.
    I've always been told suit and heels but I don't feel comfortable in either and I don't want to spend all day fidgeting or being unable to walk.
     
  5. Is it not ok to wear smart trousers and a jacket/cardi? In a primary interview?
     
  6. haywire

    haywire New commenter

    I would/have worn trousers and have felt smart and not out of place with other candidates.
     
  7. Lara mfl 05

    Lara mfl 05 Star commenter

    I always say if it's what I call 'littlies' , trousers are by far the best option, but if it's upper KS2 there's not the same problem bending down sitting cross-legged etc.so it's up to you.
     
  8. minnieminx

    minnieminx New commenter

    I'd say that if this next post is for a TLR or other management post then a suit or at least a jacket is a better option than a cardi.

    You need to look like a teacher in a management role.
     
  9. Georgia99

    Georgia99 New commenter

    I wore suits to both my interviews. In the first interiew the girl who got the job had trousers, a top and cardi. At the second interview it was the same again, she was not wearing a suit either.
    I wore a suit because I didn't want to give them any reason to dislike me but to be honest I think they are looking for the best person for their school and so clothes are irrelevant to some extent.

     
  10. I've never worn a suit. As long as you look smart you'll be fine.

    I'm currently having a major dilemna. Option a) a cream dress with large brightly coloured flowers around the waist band and bottom. It's very me. It's very pretty. It's also rather bright. Eye-catching, you might say.

    Option b) boring boring grey tunic. I look like I'm going for a job at a bank. Or should be on The Apprentice. It's not me. But it's smart and inoffensive.

    I don't want to blend in with the crowd. But is wearing a bright dress standing out for all the wrong reasons? Hmmm...
     
  11. Lara mfl 05

    Lara mfl 05 Star commenter

    re your dilemma rachwins:
    depends whether your ging for Prim. or Sec. & possible which subject area. In my exprience Primaries are more likely to go with someone with personality & art/ creative subjects have more allowance on dress codes.
     
  12. I'm primary!
    I went for the coloured one. Came back to bite me though, in my feedback, he said that it was unfortunate that I was so tall as although other people would be able to get away with wearing that dress, on me it appeared a little short (I have 7-foot legs) and I might come across a overly sensitive governor who disapproves!!
    This wasn't the reason why I didn't get the job though, thankfully!
    He also told me about one governor he once interviewed with, who refused to let a candidate through because he was wearing Dennis the Menace socks.
    I have listened, and am now wearing the boring dull grey tunic, with a bit of accessorisation!
     
  13. TheoGriff

    TheoGriff Star commenter

    The very fact that this was pointed out means that the Head also disapproved; it would not be normal to comment of what a candidate wore in the feedback.
    I would also guess that it may well have influenced the panel in their decision, as it showed poor judgment of what is appropriate wear. I'm sorry - you didn't want to hear this, but this is what I believe.
    You are not trying to look attractive in an interview, you are trying to impress with your professionalism. A dress or skirt that is too short, a top that is too low-cut, lots of make-up, jangly jewellery - these are all distractions in an interview situation.
    A point that I always make to you young ladies is:
    You are trying to get appointed, not dated.
    Your clothes need to be clean and tidy, and above all professional. Professional.
    Check also that the clothes are in good condition: this photo of her jacket hem unsewn and hanging down is going to haunt poor Kate for the rest of her life.

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