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So, have you got an interview for uni coming up? Have you been planning your outfit to the last detail or not put much thought into it? :afraid::banana2:

According to an article in the telegraph:

This might go against the grain of common thinking - with people picturing Oxbridge interviewees lined up in their smart suits (I know that's how I pictured it anyway when I was younger!). :hat:

Personally, I'm sure I didn't put much thought into my uni interview outfit (although I wasn't an Oxbridge candidate). It was a few (cough) years ago now but I don't remember stressing about it...believe me, if I had, I would remember.

The advice from this article suggests people should go in clothes they feel comfortable in and not second guess what the uni is looking for.

My personal outfit approach to all interviews is smart casual...which I think is a good mix - it can help you to show off your personality and still enable you to look professional yet real. :pirateprincess: That's what I would recommend, generally speaking.

So...what will you be wearing/did you wear for your uni interview?
Smart? Smart casual? Or completely casual?

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Nothing is more off-putting to both applicant and interviewer if the person is all trussed up in best new clothes. Wearing something that is comfortable and you can just forget about and instead concentrate on the matter in hand, which is impressing the interviewers, is far more important than obsessing about ties and shoes and so forth. I personally wouldn't go in jeans and t-shirts because there are plenty of more sartorially pleasing outfits which can be equally as comfortable.
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Go commando
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Black skinny jeans with a smart top should be okay for a smart causal look
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My personal outfit approach to all interviews is smart casual...which I think is a good mix - it can help you to show off your personality and still enable you to look professional yet real.
So, explain why looking professional (whatever that means; look like a solicitor or doctor? like someone who is paid?) is relevant to a university interview. The candidates are not part of any profession.

Just wear comfortable, wholesome, clean, decent unprovocative clothes and appear to be what you are: an aspiring undergraduate. A good rule of thumb for interviews is to wear what you would expect to wear on a daily basis if you are successful.
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Maybe lose the hat?
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Maybe lose the hat?
nah fam

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nah fam

Much better.
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Having worked on a lot of interview days at my university I see what people do actually wear (personally to mine I wore a shirt and smart trousers but don't think I wore a tie).

I'd agree with Oxford that it doesn't matter too much (to me, at least) but I'd recommend wearing at least a shirt and maybe have a tie in your pocket in case you mis-judge things. It's always possible to dress down if you go too smart, but you can't do it the other way around.
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So, have you got an interview for uni coming up? Have you been planning your outfit to the last detail or not put much thought into it? :afraid::banana2:

According to an article in the telegraph:



This might go against the grain of common thinking - with people picturing Oxbridge interviewees lined up in their smart suits (I know that's how I pictured it anyway when I was younger!). :hat:

Personally, I'm sure I didn't put much thought into my uni interview outfit (although I wasn't an Oxbridge candidate). It was a few (cough) years ago now but I don't remember stressing about it...believe me, if I had, I would remember.

The advice from this article suggests people should go in clothes they feel comfortable in and not second guess what the uni is looking for.

My personal outfit approach to all interviews is smart casual...which I think is a good mix - it can help you to show off your personality and still enable you to look professional yet real. :pirateprincess: That's what I would recommend, generally speaking.

So...what will you be wearing/did you wear for your uni interview?
Smart? Smart casual? Or completely casual?

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Smart and comfy

I'd always suggest - what you'd wear to go out with your nan for a meal at the pub.
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Yeah, I agree, smart casual is good. Personally, I don't think the interviewers wish for you to wear too casual or too formal clothes.

(Original post by Alisaurus Cats)
So, have you got an interview for uni coming up? Have you been planning your outfit to the last detail or not put much thought into it? :afraid::banana2:

According to an article in the telegraph:



This might go against the grain of common thinking - with people picturing Oxbridge interviewees lined up in their smart suits (I know that's how I pictured it anyway when I was younger!). :hat:

Personally, I'm sure I didn't put much thought into my uni interview outfit (although I wasn't an Oxbridge candidate). It was a few (cough) years ago now but I don't remember stressing about it...believe me, if I had, I would remember.

The advice from this article suggests people should go in clothes they feel comfortable in and not second guess what the uni is looking for.

My personal outfit approach to all interviews is smart casual...which I think is a good mix - it can help you to show off your personality and still enable you to look professional yet real. :pirateprincess: That's what I would recommend, generally speaking.

So...what will you be wearing/did you wear for your uni interview?
Smart? Smart casual? Or completely casual?

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I would wear a tutu and say 'begin as you mean to go on'

But really I'd just go for the 'smart casual' look. I'd be out of place wearing a suit on campus!
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Smart cazh!
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I went as far as having a shower beforehand and selecting a t shirt without any holes in for my recent PhD interviews. Dressing like a scruff is the norm in science so trying to fit in seemed the way to go.
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Shirt and jumper does the trick - particularly for maths. But a wool jumper it must be.
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I think for any interview it looks good to be smartly dressed, even if you wear scruffy clothes for the actual course or work itself afterwards. My son has done a placement at a primary school as a classroom assistant as part of his Health and Social Care course. He starts back at the same school this week, twice a week. He will be wearing a white shirt , black "school" shoes and black "school" trousers, if that makes sense. No tie or jacket. But he didn't want to go in in track suit bottoms and trainers. All the little ones think he is yet another teacher, so he needs to look the part.
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Black skinny jeans with a smart top should be okay for a smart causal look
This is what I went with for my interview at UWS a few years ago. Got in.

For my current college showed up in a floral dress, blazer, and ballet pumps. Also got in.
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