PhD Interview - what to wear (female)

10-Mar-17, 16:40
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by emeroz
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posted about 3 years ago
I have PhD interview next week, but I'm not sure what to wear.
Would black jeans with a blouse and jumper combo be smart enough?
11-Mar-17, 17:03
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posted about 3 years ago
Whatever you're comfortable in. That would be fine in my department (psychology).
13-Mar-17, 11:14
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posted about 3 years ago
Yep, don't over do it as it will be out of place - they will be smart/casual, and more on the casual side.
17-Mar-17, 02:31
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posted about 3 years ago
What image does your PhD supervisor expect you to present at conference?

If that's something you don't know then I would play safe.

As a man, I opted for shirt and tie (as much as I hate ties) and feel I made the right play if only to get the PhD position over the line. After that, I was able to work out what was the right clothing for each situation.

Mostly, no one cares and all is very casual but conferences and presentations can be more formal.

I suggest trouser suit unless you know what your potential supervisor expects, then once you have your foot in the door you case assess potentially formal situation on a case by case basis.

18-Mar-17, 22:51
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Avatar for kikothedog
posted about 3 years ago
Have to agree with others, wear what you're comfortable with. I tend to wear dress trousers and blouse for interviews/conferences and I'm ALWAYS overdressed but it's nice to show you take it serious. Good luck!


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