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What to wear for Harvard interview at Wells Fargo?

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  • momofsenior1momofsenior1 7564 replies61 threads Senior Member
    OP had a valid question. I also think location does matter. If my daughter was meeting at someone's place of business or directly with the admissions officer, she wore a pant suit. If it was at the local coffee shop, it was more casual.

    I personally meet with students at the local coffee shop and always say to come casual and add that I'll be wearing jeans and college swag so I'm identifiable. I've only had a few students in 20+ years come in something ridiculously inappropriate. Clean and neat is sufficient 99% of the time.
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  • PublisherPublisher 8483 replies91 threads Senior Member
    edited January 13
    @Sherpa: They are meeting at the Harvard Club which may have a dress code. Not sure. OP should call the Harvard Club & ask.

    Harvard Club of San Francisco pool party requests that men wear sportscoats or jackets & no jeans allowed.

    Harvard Club in NYC requires business casual.
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  • sherpasherpa 4731 replies93 threads Senior Member
    edited January 13
    @Publisher - I'm specifically responding to the title of the thread: "What to wear for Harvard interview at Wells Fargo?", and the several responses made before the OP changed the location to the Harvard Club.

    I agree that one should comply with stated dress codes.
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  • allyphoeallyphoe 2430 replies58 threads Senior Member
    I suspect that the OP confused "with the Harvard Club" and "at the Harvard Club." The Harvard Club of Silicon Valley is a group; it doesn't have a dedicated space, much less one with a dress code. The Harvard Club in NYC is a physical location.
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  • skieuropeskieurope 39517 replies7154 threads Super Moderator
    edited January 13
    MODERATOR'S NOTE:
    They are meeting at the Harvard Club
    I suspect that the OP confused "with the Harvard Club" and "at the Harvard Club."
    Assumes facts not in evidence.The OP stated (emphasis mine): "My interview will be conducted by the Harvard Club of Silicon Valley" If the OP is not meeting at a Wells Fargo office, she should post an update and I will edit the header.

    As another data point,consider what is suggested on the Harvard website:
    https://college.harvard.edu/admissions/hear-our-students/student-blog/my-unofficial-tips-interviews

    Personally, I would go with business casual, but would suggest that debate over what "business casual" means is beyond the scope of the OP's question. Her stated choice of blouse and dress pants sounds fine to me.
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  • dot228dot228 43 replies14 threads Junior Member
    edited January 13
    ^ skieurope is correct. My interview is conducted BY the Harvard Club, and will be located at a Wells Fargo. My interviewer is neither a lawyer nor a banker
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  • sherpasherpa 4731 replies93 threads Senior Member
    @dot228 - I don’t think that I can explain why, but your last post brought a big smile to my face. I think it’s a combination of a few things: people making unwarranted assumptions, parents sincerely trying to help but going off on tangents; and then your clear, measured, and straightforward clarification.

    But the smile was already forming when I read @skieurope’s “facts not in evidence” phrase, which is, oddly, a favorite of mine.

    Good luck with your interview. I’m sure your wardrobe choice will be perfectly fine. To help relax, it helps to remember that these interviews carry almost no weight in admissions.

    Wishing you the best!
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  • compmomcompmom 10820 replies77 threads Senior Member
    edited January 14
    I am breaking my promise not to post to make some general points (at bottom(.

    Blouse and dress pants are perfect. Folks, noone was suggesting a t-shirt.

    From the Harvard site linked above, some "unofficial advice" from a senior, which suggests a shower first :)
    #1. Look pretty good.
    Some people really overshoot here. Your interview is not prom. Don’t cover yourself in AXE or whatever the kids are wearing these days. Don’t feel like you have to dress up, but you should shower sometime before your interview. Dress like you’re going to your slightly fancy grandma’s house, except your slightly fancy grandma’s house today is probably your local Starbucks.
    #2. Know kinda what to say.
    #3. Be genuine!
    #4. Ask some good questions.
    #5. No schmoozing.
    #6. Try to be as comfy as possible.
    #7. Be respectful and thankful! (This presumes an older interviewer; some interviewers are not that much older and may feel like slightly more experienced peers.)

    In interviews and throughout the application process. BE YOURSELF. That refers to #3 and most of all #6 ("be comfy") above. Hypothetically, If you have never worn a pants suit, it is not a good idea to buy and wear one. You don't want to try to fit a school (however misguided that effort might be).. You want to find a school that FITS YOU.

    Artsy scarves, dangly earrings, shaved hair, all black dress and jacket, whatever way you express who you are is the best way to dress. Including a neat pair of slacks and shirt.

    Last note: none of my daughters- or their friends- ever owned a pants suit in their teens (or later)!!
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  • hgrad2010hgrad2010 133 replies0 threads Junior Member
    edited January 16
    Harvard interviewer active in SF here---

    Please wear whatever is comfortable. I'm seriously not judging what you wear as long as it's not dirty and crazy!!

    I do, however, remember what a I wore for mine in 2005: white button down with black sweater, chinos, and this hilariously preppy J Crew blue and silver striped "tie belt." Yeah I thought I looked the part :))
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  • dot228dot228 43 replies14 threads Junior Member
    Thank you everyone for your advice! I just got back from my interview and it went smoothly. We bonded over sports, literature (we both hate Dickens!!!), the pharmaceutical industry and philosophy and my interviewer told me I'll be successful wherever I go because of my mindset.

    I'm hesitant to say that it went amazing, because I have nothing to compare mine to. But I did try my best to add a more personal dimension to my application. Once again, thanks all!
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  • skieuropeskieurope 39517 replies7154 threads Super Moderator
    Congrats.
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