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What to wear to an interview

  1. The dress

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  2. The pants with fitted top

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  3. Find something else to wear

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  1. Jun 17, 2013 #1

    Monique

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    This Wednesday I have an important interview in front of 15 scientists, who will decide whether I get funding or not. Now, the prediction is that coming Wednesday will go into history as the hottest local day ever. The temperatures will be at least 30oC/90oF, but may rise considerably towards 38oC/100oF. I have to change my planned outfit to something I'll survive in, but wonder whether it is appropriate?

    First outfit: a dress with long transparent sleeves, but the length is on the short side for a formal interview? The body has a pleaded detail that's not apparent in the picture.

    The second: black stretch pants with a fitting top, but is it appropriate to go to an interview sleeveless? I could throw on a jacket at the moment of interview, but that might look strange with the hot weather.

    What do wear?
     

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  3. Jun 17, 2013 #2

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    I would go with the dress and the black hose. Just a single male's perspective, but there is no reason to look austere in front of a funding committee. Go with something more approachable.
     
  4. Jun 17, 2013 #3

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    The dress looks very good on you. It fits well and is flattering; nothing about it is inappropriate. In this particular case, I'd also ensure that you wear something that YOU feel is flattering. If you're going to be in a situation that is important to you, looking good can lead to feeling confident.

    Choose the dress and feel good about it.
     
  5. Jun 17, 2013 #4

    Dembadon

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    The dress!
     
  6. Jun 17, 2013 #5

    Borek

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    Interestingly, so far only males answered.
     
  7. Jun 17, 2013 #6

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    I would add that a dress and hose can be much more comfortable in hot weather, and you might want more comfort to keep your composure in front of a funding committee. Just a suggestion. I certainly wouldn't want to wear a 3-piece suit to an important meeting in hot weather, though that was the norm 50 years ago. What a sad time.
     
  8. Jun 17, 2013 #7

    FlexGunship

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    ...how do you know this...
     
  9. Jun 17, 2013 #8

    Evo

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    The dress is beautiful, you look great. The problem is that I don't know what is considered acceptable there. Here, in a professional (not academic) position, the dress would be too short for a formal meeting. My only background is professional at a huge corporation that had a rather strict dress code. That doesn't mean it's not acceptable there. Do you have any way of finding out what other women have worn in such circumstances?

    Question, will you be seated, or standing behind something so that during the process your legs won't be seen?

    Obviously, if the panel were made of the men here, you wouldn't even have to talk to get the grant. :tongue:
     
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  10. Jun 17, 2013 #9

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    I don't want to be a contrarian, but I think the dress would meet even a fairly conservative dress code. I think the dividing line is the color of the leggings (or pantyhose). There's no attempt to create the illusion of bare skin.

    That being said, Monique, if you start to feel self-conscious because of the embattled position on the forums here, I'd make the general recommendation not to wear anything that inspires you to check your surroundings constantly. I've always found that to be my limit... if I'm constantly comparing my clothing to what others are wearing, I'm immediately uncomfortable and distracted.

    ...because that would be a shame.

    I've already approved the grant!
     
  11. Jun 17, 2013 #10
    Yes, Monique, I'm looking at the options and my answer is yes and yes. Sorry, I'm not gonna be much help.
     
  12. Jun 17, 2013 #11

    drizzle

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    Blue.
     
  13. Jun 17, 2013 #12

    Evo

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    Where I worked, we were told not to wear open toed shoes. Different environments, different requirements.
     
  14. Jun 17, 2013 #13

    D H

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    Here, the blue dress is a bit short for an interview and the black outfit is perhaps too informal. Also, the heels are a bit high. But that's here in the US in a non-academic setting and you're there in Europe in an academic setting. My advice is probably worthless.

    My advice: Don't take our advice. Ask a female cohort who you can trust and who has successfully negotiated that academic process. Invite her to go shopping with you if she deems neither to be appropriate.
     
  15. Jun 17, 2013 #14

    FlexGunship

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    Fair enough; I didn't even notice the shoes. (Let that be a lesson to every woman everywhere!)

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Liar_paradox

    "This sentence is a lie."
     
  16. Jun 17, 2013 #15

    Monique

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    Great, thanks for the feedback! :biggrin:

    Thanks, it's from my favorite designer Karen Millen, I really love how her clothes fit.

    These are scientists, they don't walk around in suits :smile: Everyone does dress up for these interviews, two women last year went in dresses. Another female this year was wearing a dress as well, but last minute went to a store and bought an entirely new outfit with the help with a shopping assistant. I think it's important to show some effort in the preparation, but there isn't a code. I have no idea what the location is like, I have to give a presentation so surely I'll be standing and likely there will be a platform to stand behind.

    That was exactly my thought with the covering pantyhose. I tried getting a different outfit together with a longer dress (which I wore during my promotion), but that one has bare shoulders and I couldn't find a formal but light vest to go along with it (and a jacket is too hot) :frown:

    Those are the only black shoes I have :uhh: I do have some black formal boots.. maybe I should try those.
     
  17. Jun 17, 2013 #16

    Vanadium 50

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    "These boots are made for funding...."
     
  18. Jun 17, 2013 #17

    micromass

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    Well, sometimes when the wife isn't home, things happen to her clothes...
     
  19. Jun 17, 2013 #18

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    If it were me, I'd prefer

    gladiator-2.jpg

    :biggrin:

    But then, I'm out of place in time. I'd actually prefer Spartan.


    Take Evo's advice, or DH's.
     
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  20. Jun 18, 2013 #19

    Evo

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    Monique, it doesn't seem you have much time, and since you'll be behind a podium, I say go with the blue dress and black tights.

    The dress is gorgeous and you look stunning in it. Of course even black opaque tights can't hide the fact that you have long, sexy legs. But as long as they won't be detracting the people judging (which might be good or bad), I say go ahead. I like your shoes, because of the heat, I'd go with those instead of boots.
     
  21. Jun 18, 2013 #20

    Monique

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    The gladiator, haha :smile:

    Thanks Evo, with the weather being like it is I also think it's ok to wear something that relates to it. I was contemplating this morning whether I should go out and buy some more modest shoes (which I'm searching for anyway), but then those wouldn't be worn in. The other shoes I can walk around in all day without trouble.
     
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