So I have a campus interview coming up and I have a question about what I should wear. I am flying out one day and the interview is the following day. However, I am being picked up by one of the faculty members and being dropped off at my hotel on the day before the interview. There is nothing else scheduled for that day. What should I wear for that day? I will be wearing a suit for the interview but do I need to dress as formal for the other day? I was leaning towards wearing a nice button down shirt and khakis. Is that appropriate? Thanks!
Date: 12 Feb 2016 17:25
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I just finished this process, so believe me I know it is easy to get crazy overthinking things that really don't matter. I can't imagine that what you wear for airport pick up would influence things one way or the other so long as you look professional. I'm sure a nice button down and khakis would be perfectly appropriate. I (female), wore dress slacks and a nice sweater for non-talk interview days, including airport pick up. I did really come to appreciate the interviews that allowed me to take a car service/shuttle from the airport so I could fly in jeans! Pro tip: If you are going back to the airport right form campus the next day, pack comfortable clothes and shoes and change at the airport. Good luck!
Thanks for the advice! I definitely plan on bringing a change of clothes for the flight back. I can't think of anything more uncomfortable than flying in a suit.
If you're having dinner with faculty the night before the interview, would you recommend wearing a suit to that?
I haven't been on the market in a long time, but when I was on all my interviews I actually just wore a shirt, tie, and dress pants on the plane to the interview so I could wear my wool coat over it without also having to deal with a suit jacket (I was interviewing in some cold places). Then I wore suits during my full interview days. (It's one thing to wear an overcoat over a suit jacket for brief periods of time, such as car rides and walking between buildings, but it's way too hot and way too bulky if you're in a warm environment such as an airport)