So I have an interview in mid-July somewhere that is a byword for hot weather. I assume there will be air conditioning most places, but any tips for women's interview wear for this situation? I'm tempted to skip stockings with my skirts, but there seem to be wildly varying opinions on bare legs for interviews. I'll be doing a suit with a skirt for my talk day, conference wear the rest of the time. For example, I have a lovely linen sheath dress that I wear with a jacket at conferences, but I'm worried it'll show sweat badly…
Date: 11 Jun 2013 18:09
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First, you are likely very correct in assuming that there will be air conditioning blasting most places. In fact, the indoor temps may be colder than you are accustomed to if you are from a different geographical location. You might need, for instance, a light sweater in most places when you are in doors. Second, although bagging the panty hose is probably not a super bad idea, IF the interview is in the South, you might want to wear them. My experience is that (for better or worse) people in the south do expect a woman to be wearing hose when dressed professionally. I cannot imagine something like that costing a person a job but you might pack some hose and after you see what the culture is like, wear them or not. When I taught at a school in the south there seemed to be this interest in female faculty modeling appropriate professional attire for undergraduate women. (which sucked but there it is). At my old institution we interviewed a woman who had not apparently done her homework on the heat, and showed up for her talk in a heavy black wool suit, hose, and full on make-up. By the end of the day she was soaked in sweat and her face was melting. But she did get the job. :)
I am from the South originally. I actually think that most of the South is less formal because of the heat (which is seriously oppressive this time of year….think backsweat). Unless you are in a VERY formal/professional department (ex business) or are over the age of 50, I would pass on the nylons. I have interviewed once in warmer weather (actually at a University in New England but there was a heat wave) and I wore a pencil skirt and very professional blouse with low heels but no nylons and I got the job!