Getting through all of your college applications is one thing, but once you get through all of your applications and start hearing back from colleges, you have to start gearing up for interviews. Not only do you have to practice your interviewing skills, you also have to think about your college interview clothes. On the one hand, you definitely want to dress up a lot more than you would on an average school day, but on the other, you don’t want it to look like you’re trying to be somebody you’re not. That’s why you should take some time to think about the outfit you plan to wear from head to toe. Here’s some considerations to make if you’re a woman deciding what to wear to a college admissions interview.
If you don’t tend to wear makeup, then you definitely don’t have to. However, if you do tend to wear makeup, you want to make sure that you don’t go over the top. You want to look clean and professional, but if you wear too much makeup, you could give the impression that you are more concerned with shaping your brows and getting those plumped Kylie Jenner lips than you are with mastering your studies. The same goes for your hair. It should be clean and well-coiffed, but not overly dramatic.
Nice Blouse or Dress
You can either pick one nice dress to wear, or you can do a blouse with pants or a skirt. Either way, you want to make sure that you don’t wear anything too low-cut or revealing. You might want to imagine the way you would dress if you were going out to a nice dinner with your grandparents.
Nothing Ill Fitting
We all have those items in our closet that looked good on the mannequin, or it may have even looked like it fit in the store, but every time you wear it you find yourself adjusting. The last thing you want to be thinking about when you’re at your interview is a falling waistband or those sleeves that are just slightly too long. Whatever you wear, it should fit perfectly so that you can keep your mind focused on the present moment.
You don’t want to wear tennis shoes or sneakers, but you also don’t want to wear stiletto heels. You might end up wearing stilettos in the courtroom if you graduate from Vermont Law Online, but you have a long way until you get there. Your shoes should be professional. A low pair of heels or even a pair of nice loafers should be good, depending on how they match with the rest of your outfit.
The last thing you want to think about is the type of bag you will be carrying. You will want to bring a copy of your application and you will probably need to bring your portfolio if you’re applying to a program like Maine College of Art. Either way, it shouldn’t be a dirty backpack or clunky looking purse. It should match your outfit and it shouldn’t be filled with a bunch of junk.