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Help. Non-teaching interview in school tomorrow. What should I wear?

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humdrum Mon 12-Jan-09 14:56:04

It's not just an interview but a whole morning - at least 4 hours to be spent in the school. Which means I will certainly be meeting the other candidates and I am worried I will be over or under dressed.

It's for a non-teaching post.

Options are:

Black trouser suit over plain top with smart heels

Black trouser suit with flatter shoes or boots

Black trousers with a smart shirt and boots or shoes

Black trousers with a blouse and smart jumper over the top with shoes or boots.


klover Mon 12-Jan-09 16:54:23

I'd do with the black trousers and smart blouse and jumper with shoes or boots. You'll look nice and smart but not over dressed if everyone else more casual.

roisin Mon 12-Jan-09 17:08:42

Is this for admin work or TA?

IME admin staff in schools tend to be pretty smart. So for an admin job I would therefore definitely say you need a jacket.

For a TA job you would be OK without the jacket, but personally I wouldn't go for the jumper (for an interview)

If it is a TA job and a 4-hr interview, you will probably be expected to be interacting with the children (is it primary), and personally I would go for flatter shoes, as I'm more comfortable in them.

humdrum Mon 12-Jan-09 17:46:21

It's a Library Assistant job in a Secondary School.

BoffinMum Mon 12-Jan-09 17:57:31

Black trouser suit and blouse with jumper (because it might be cold) and flattish smart shoes.You can take the jacket off if you feel overdressed.

roisin Mon 12-Jan-09 18:15:33

I would say with jacket definitely.

ChocolateEclair Mon 12-Jan-09 18:53:24

I'd say the suit with flat shoes. I think it's always better to be over, rather than under, dressed. If the other candidates are less smart than you, you will look good for the right reasons. I have interviwed TA's before and they have worn suits, even though TA's would wear a suit for everyday work.

Good luck!

ChocolateEclair Mon 12-Jan-09 18:54:57

TA's wouldn't wear a suit normally... sorry long day!

Whizzz Mon 12-Jan-09 19:04:20

erm...why wouldn't TAs wear a suit for work??

GossipMonger Mon 12-Jan-09 19:07:40

I am a TA and I wouldnt wear a suit for work!

I work with Y1 and we paint and draw and glue etc and they have sticky fingers and snotty noses! As the teacher doesnt wear a suit I think I would look overdressed!

TAs seem to have a uniform of dark trousers and tops/cardis/thin jumpers and nice jewellry and flat shoes/boots!

For library position I would go with the suit and flat shoes and then if I felt overdressed I would remove the jacket so it would just be a shirt and trousers.

ChocolateEclair Mon 12-Jan-09 19:09:51

It's just that at my school ( middle school ages 11-14) the TA's tend to end up running cross country or joining in gymnastics! They seem to wear trousers/tracksuits/skirts with boots. I wasn't meaning to sound like TA's never wear suits! I'm sure plenty do! grin

Nell12 Mon 12-Jan-09 19:14:07

I don't know of any TAs that wear suits for work BUT you are going for an interview not for a day at work!!

Wear the suit with comfy shoes as you will be taken on a tour as part of the interview (remember you are being interviewed from the moment you arrive!)

You have to look your very best at an interview; dress more comfortably and less formally when you have got the job!

Best of luck smile

Hulababy Mon 12-Jan-09 19:26:56

I went for a TA job before Christmas and wore a blue skirt with long skirt.

Have to say though - I don't wear a full suit for work. I prefer to wear skirts and tops, and a long cardigan, or sometimes trousers. None of the teachers or TAs at the infant school I work at appear to wear suits.

humdrum Mon 12-Jan-09 19:42:17

OK - thanks everyone. I'll go for the suit over a shirt so I can take the jacket off if I feel uncomfortably overdressed compared to everyone else. And flat shoes.

Whizzz Mon 12-Jan-09 21:45:21

I'm a TA in secondary & have a nice selection of suit jackets, dark trousers and nice jewellery grin
I avoid cross country, glue and snot wherever possible!

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