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Interview attire

Cwela23Cwela23 Registered User Posts: 12 New Member
Hello! D19 has an intv with Carleton at the running center of one of our major city parks. Can’t decide how casual she should dress. Thoughts?
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Replies to: Interview attire

  • mackinawmackinaw Registered User Posts: 2,897 Senior Member
    Wear what she would wear to school.
  • happy1happy1 Forum Champion Parents, Forum Champion Admissions Posts: 22,672 Forum Champion
    edited November 3
    In generally I'd say business casual is the way to go. Neat, clean, but not too formal. If it helps, in the cooler weather my D typically wore black pants, a nice shirt/sweater, and black boots. (Unless they agreed in advance to go for a run together I'd stay away from athletic wear).
  • Cwela23Cwela23 Registered User Posts: 12 New Member
    Love all of these thoughts, thank you!
  • ChaosParent23ChaosParent23 Registered User Posts: 57 Junior Member
    edited November 3
    Best advice I got was "What do you think the interviewer will be wearing?" My S did his first interview deep in the summer months so I thought maybe a nice shirt & dressier shorts would be ok. Thankfully a wiser individual stepped in & asked me that question. Even though it was warm, he wore slacks & a dress shirt, with business casual shoes. Nice but still comfortable enough to walk around campus.
  • ucbalumnusucbalumnus Registered User Posts: 71,680 Senior Member
    Cwela23 wrote:
    D19 has an intv with Carleton at the running center of one of our major city parks.

    Does the interview involve running or athletic recruiting?
  • adlgeladlgel Registered User Posts: 682 Member
    My daughter wore a pair of dressier (meaning a nice dark wash, no rips) well-fitting jeans with a blouse and a pair of leather booties to her college interviews conducted in a Starbucks.
  • oldfortoldfort Registered User Posts: 22,173 Senior Member
    Similar to a job interview...not to draw attention to your appearance, what you want them to focus on is you as a person. I told my kids, no big jewelry, light makeup, no perfume, no low cut/see through tops. My kids didn't have tattoos, but I would have asked them to cover them (I know it is more acceptable now, but just in case).
    This wasn't asked by OP, but I would have my kid bring a resume. It would just make the interviewer's job easier when he/she is writing the feedback.
  • Data10Data10 Registered User Posts: 2,448 Senior Member
    edited November 4
    This wasn't asked by OP, but I would have my kid bring a resume. It would just make the interviewer's job easier when he/she is writing the feedback.
    This is not true at all colleges. The college I interview for states students should not bring a resume to their interview on the website. If students do bring one, we are instructed to either hand it back or flip it upside down during the interview.

    The college I interview for mentions students "are welcome to dress in typical high school attire" on their website, and instructs interviews to ask students to "dress casually" in their introductory email. A good interviewer should be evaluating based on the interview comments, not on their clothing or fashion sense.

    The first interview tip on Carleton's website is "be your authentic self." I'd expect the same advice to work for clothing -- regular school clothing should be fine. That said, I'd avoid wearing anything really extreme, such as avoiding dressing provocatively enough to upset old fashioned persons and avoiding dressing formally enough to make casual persons feel out of place.
  • oldfortoldfort Registered User Posts: 22,173 Senior Member
    Definitely find out the school's requirement when it comes to resume, but my kids did bring a resume to their interviews. The school GC had all of their students do a resume.
  • thumper1thumper1 Registered User Posts: 71,748 Senior Member
    My kids offered resumes at all of their interviews (and DS at all of his auditions). Some people took them and some didn’t. But my kids had them.
  • intparentintparent Registered User Posts: 34,959 Senior Member
    Mine took a resume as well. The interviewer can use it or not. Carleton is a pretty casual school. I think @oldfort ‘s list is good. I’d add no ripped jeans. We also have a “no t-shirts with writing” category of dress at our house, and I’d suggest that as well.
  • bopperbopper Forum Champion CWRU Posts: 11,809 Forum Champion
    The main rule is : don't let your clothes be a distraction. If you came in a 3 piece suit, that would be a bit much. if you came in running attire, that would also be distracting. Like people said, wear a nice version of something you would wear to school. I think boys should have a collared shirt.

    Do have someone check over the resume. I just did an interview where there were typos/copy paste errors.
  • momofsenior1momofsenior1 Registered User Posts: 3,017 Senior Member
    As an alumni ambassador, I personally appreciate having a resume. We are instructed not to take notes during the meeting so it's helpful, especially if there are meetings scheduled back to back.

    As far as clothing, I would say khakis and a polo, or something of that nature is fine for attire. I've had some kids dress up which is fine too but super sloppy and/or dirty is a turn off to me. Right or wrong, I find it feels disrespectful.

  • gallentjillgallentjill Registered User Posts: 1,835 Senior Member
    D has had several interviews and we went a "nice" casual aesthetic. For fall interviews, black pants and a nice sweater. She wanted something comfortable but also somewhat "professional." This seemed similar to what other students in the waiting area were wearing.
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