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N2theFaith Said,
February 7th, 2011 @8:41 pm  

I would choose a suit. If you can’t afford a new one, go to good will or a thrift store.

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dj_pheer_05 Said,
February 7th, 2011 @9:09 pm  

a skirt below the knees and a nice suit top

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Cathe B Said,
February 7th, 2011 @10:01 pm  

My rule of thumb is Sunday clothes for the interview. Business suits are nice, but education below the college level doesn’t really mandate business attire.

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eathereortogo Said,
February 7th, 2011 @10:13 pm  

Wear your birthday suit.It’s only natural!

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pavithraindran Said,
February 7th, 2011 @11:03 pm  

i nice suit… preferably a darker shade. tie your hair up… make a bun preferably… nothing flying about…dont wear high heels… just wear basic comfortable shoes that go with your suit. wear minimal make up if at all required. dont wear too much jewellary… just a thin chain and a stud if required. just be neat and basic. its a SEN school… so, they’ll probably be looking at people who are simple…cut your nails , both hands and legs.. apply transparent nail polish if necessary… the lesser make up… the better… good luck with your interview :)

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pusskat1 Said,
February 7th, 2011 @11:03 pm  

Dress the same as any interview: a nice, long dress in a conservative cloth and fit, or a pants suit with an appropriate jacket. Keep your jewelry to a minimum and don’t wear anything flashy. Keep the emphasis on you, your resume and your qualifications, not your clothes.

If your problem is being overweight, I can sympathize. I’d suggest you check out http://www.lanebryantcatalog.com, http://www.roamans.com, and http://www.junonia.com. All these have stylish, comfortable clothes for mature women, plus some fun styles too. They carry shirts, pants, dresses, skirts, swimsuits, shoes, intimate apparel and even some jewelry.

If your problem is being a very small and/or hard to find size, I don’t have as much advice, but I do suggest scoping out your local mall, any vintage clothing shops, and such.

Good luck. Cheers, K

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Leela13 Said,
February 7th, 2011 @11:27 pm  

Wear a conservative outfit, flat heels, modest neckline. That having been said, it also needs to be something that you feel confident in. Make sure your shoes are broken in, wear the outfit before the interview day. If you are the least bit worried about your clothes, it will come across as an insecurity about yourself.

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violetb Said,
February 7th, 2011 @11:54 pm  

Why wouldn’t you dress as if you were going for a business interview. You would be surprised how many superintendants judge you by that first wardrobe they see. A suit of some kind, no sandals or flip flops, trimmed and neat hair, and clean fingernails are all things to consider. If you smoke, don’t smell like it when you come in for the interview but don’t drown yourself in cologne.

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warren1515 Said,
February 8th, 2011 @12:13 am  

I would hope you dressed up for any interview. If you want to make a good impression, go to the interview dressed as a professional would. Go to Good Will or the Salvation Army store. If you know what you are looking for, you can get some quality clothes at very reasonable prices.

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Imaka Said,
February 8th, 2011 @12:44 am  

I have probably interviewed hundreds of people for special education and other teaching positions. Believe me, what you wear will not determine whether or not you get the job unless you wear something obviously inappropriate – such as night club attire – or something that suggests you really didn’t care and just wore the clothes from your bedroom floor. They will be much more interested in what you have inside, what you have to offer.

Most improtant, be neat and tidy, crisp and clean, and nothing too loud or flashy. Look and feel at ease and comfortable in whatever you choose – if you are not comfortable in your clothes, your discomfort will be obvious. Check out what teachers wear to work in the school you are interviewing for, and maybe dress “up” a notch from that if they dress very casually. Don’t wear jeans or shorts, and other than earrings if you wear them, don’t display other body piercings – those interviewing may be a bit conservative, so keep that in mind.

If you choose a business suit, pant suit, skirt and top, dress, any of these will be fine, but I did often find when I was interviewing that the candidates were much more likely to be over-dressed and look totally uncomfortbable, than underdressed. Often they were “dressed up” more than those of us doing the interviewing!! Wear clothes that suits you and matches your style and personality (within reason).

Don’t wear heavy perfume or cologne – one of the interviewers may have allergies.

Be prepared with a couple of good guestions to ask, as you will most likely be given an opportunity to ask questions. I have hired quite a few people more because of the questions they asked than because of the answers they gave.

A photographer once told me that an outfit that presents a very good presence, professional and assertive, but also conservative and tasteful is beige slacks or skirt, a white shirt, with some brighter color such as red or blue, maybe a scarf, as an accent. He was right – we had family pictures taken and my two daughters and I all wore the beige pants and white shirts and the pics were taken outside and they were awesome. Sometimes simple is best.

Good luck with your interviews.

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spedusource Said,
February 8th, 2011 @1:10 am  

As a special education teacher, you want to project both professionalism and practicality. Your clothes should reflect a formal attitude toward the interview, your professional personality, and an awareness of the physical and environmental demands of the position.

I wore a blouse and slacks, with flats, but I had my interview “on the fly” in the district in which I was student teaching. If I had had more advance notice, I would have worn one of my “parent-teacher conference day” dresses (full-length skirt, colorful, loose-fitting). DEFINITELY avoid suits. You must dress toward the physical demands of the job. Wearing a business suit to the interview indicates you have no clue what the daily demands will be.

In regards to building your teaching wardrobe…As a special ed teacher, you will be on your feet all day. Focus on comfortable fitting blouse-slacks combinations, with a couple of loose-fitting long informal skirts available as well. You will need a couple of better dresses for parent-teacher conference days, school board meetings, and other community activities. Have choices in footwear ranging from nicer-looking flats, to nursing-style work shoes with good arch support (focus on dark colors).

Don’t wear much jewelry, and keep your makeup natural. Hair should be in a simple but attractive style. You want to have minimal things for students to grab onto, such as hanging jewelry.

Avoid perfume or heavily-scented soaps/lotions. Many students, especially in special ed, have allergies and/or asthma.

Good luck!

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