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    So tomorrow I have a meeting with my potential PhD supervisor.

    I'm really stuck on what to wear - should I go comfy or formal?
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    I always wear my normal clobber for anything like this. Same for conferences or whatever else, but I am a bit of a reprobate so...
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    (Original post by Noodlzzz)
    So tomorrow I have a meeting with my potential PhD supervisor.

    I'm really stuck on what to wear - should I go comfy or formal?
    Smart comfy. Try and drag yourself out of tracky bottoms or jeans with ripped knees, but no need to suit up - you've seen what lecturers in your field wear, just go for similar. Good luck!
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    (Original post by Noodlzzz)
    So tomorrow I have a meeting with my potential PhD supervisor.

    I'm really stuck on what to wear - should I go comfy or formal?
    If it's a decent university, just wear your normal clothes and make sure they're clean. That's all there is to it. They won't care what you're wearing and they certainly won't be wowed by you wearing a suit.

    If it's not a decent university, wear a suit. They'll think you're the sort of person who might attract research money.

    Amend the above if necessary in accordance with what you know or can find out about the potential supervisor.
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    just try and look normal and unthreatening.
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    just try and look normal and unthreatening.
    Agreed - not looking threatening is important. An example of what to avoid:

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    Other than that, seriously, don't worry about it. Just wear your normal clothes. They won't let you down. Sure, you can try to maximise the contribution your clothes make to your chances, by considering several different attire options, what impression this or that kind of shoes or belt or top will give. But the extra contribution that the optimisation of your clothing might possibly make compared to the impression you'd give if you wear your normal clothes would probably be very small, and you could mess it all up by looking superficial and as if you underestimated the potential supervisor's intelligence and seriousness. This is unless your potential supervisor is some kind of fool of course, but I'm assuming they're not. You look OK in your normal clothes, don't you? So wear them.

    Then spend time on other aspects of preparation - ones that are about what you're going to say, what you're going to ask, and what the potential supervisor might say and ask. Make a list of cool things you could say that will cause attention spikes and try to say one or two of them as if off the cuff. That kind of thing. And remember that you're interviewing the supervisor as much as they are interviewing you. Good luck!
 
 
 
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