Real Teachers Spill: What to Wear to a Teacher Interview

What to wear… what to wear…

Congrats, rock star! You landed an interview with the school of your choice. Now comes the scary part: finding something professional to wear that won’t break the bank. We asked experienced teachers for their tips on what to wear to a teacher interview, and here’s what they had to say.

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1. Suits are always a good choice.

Even if you won’t dress that formally when you’re teaching. “Wear a bright-colored shirt or blouse underneath,” advises Sarah A. “That can give the outfit a little pop and help to make you more memorable.”

What to Wear to a Teacher Interview
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2. If a suit isn’t an option, try a pair of dress pants or skirt with coordinating top and blazer or cardigan.

This outfit looks professional “without looking too bankerish,” says Kim M.

Dress Skirt with Blouse - What to Wear to a Teacher Interview
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3. A black sheath dress.

Also always a nice option for women. “I wear mine to every interview, paired with a blazer or cardigan,” says Kristin E.

Black Sheath Dress - What to Wear to a Teacher Interview
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4. For men who don’t want to go the suit route, we advise a button-down shirt and pants.

Wearing a tie is optional but always helps to pull your look together. Skip the polo shirts for interview time, even if they’re your go-to during the school year.

Button Down Shirt and Pants - What to Wear to a Teacher Interview
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5. Don’t forget the footwear!

Always choose a closed-toe shoe with a low-profile heel, especially if you’re going to be touring the school or teaching a sample lesson.

Closed-Toe Shoes - What to Wear to a Teacher Interview
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6. Choose a fun accessory.

Because teaching is not as stodgy as the corporate world, you can get away with wearing a bright scarf, fun tie or statement necklace. So find an accessory that speaks to your awesome personality and go and rock that interview!

Choose a Fun Accessory - What to Wear to a Teacher Interview
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Do you have a go-to interview outfit? Please share in the comments!


What to Wear to Your Teacher Interview

Posted by Hannah Hudson

Hannah Hudson is the editorial director of WeAreTeachers. You can follow her on Twitter at @hannahthudson or on Facebook here. Email her at

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