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What should I wear?

What should I wear to a university interview? Does it make a difference if it is online? This article explains
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That age old statement – ‘I’ve got nothing to wear!’

But you probably have! It is tricky to know what to wear to a university interview; it’s a fairly formal occasion, but isn’t quite the same as a job interview, so what should you do?

Here are some ideas to help:

  • Think about what you are applying for. If you are applying for a professional course, then it may be appropriate to dig out your smartest clothes. You’re unlikely to be expected to wear a full suit though unless you wish to.
  • Don’t dress too informally: no jeans and a t-shirt!
  • Think about accessories carefully. You might love your bobble hat, but is it really appropriate to wear throughout an interview? (Yes, this has been known to happen!)
  • Don’t wear anything too short or low cut.
  • Essentially, wear what you feel comfortable in! You want to feel confident and clothes that you feel great in can really empower you.
  • A rough guide would be to wear dark trousers, chinos or skirt, smart dark shoes (not too high a heel – you need to be able to walk properly!), a shirt, blouse or smart t-shirt and a jumper, cardigan or blazer.

What would you wear to your university interview? Share with the community in the discussion below!

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