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What to wear to your boarding school interview

Ben-Thumbs-UpYour interview is often your chance to make a first impression when you're applying to boarding school. How you present yourself to the admission office is important. You need to be prepared for to answer questions during your boarding school interview, ask your own questions about the school you’re applying to, and you need to look your best.

Here are a few tips on what to wear to your boarding school interview:

If there’s a dress code, do your best to align with it. 

Most schools have a dress code or a boarding school uniform, particularly private schools like Cheshire Academy. While you don’t have to dress perfectly within their dress code, particularly if the school has a uniform, you should try your best to be in accordance. If you’re applying to a boarding school that bans flip flops or sneakers, pick out a pair of dress shoes instead. If you’re applying to a school that requires shirts, ties, and blazers for boys and blazers and blouses for girls, you might consider dressing accordingly. This shows that you’re willing to comply with the boarding school dress code and respect the rules of the school.

If there isn’t a dress code, still put your best foot forward.

It’s always a smart move to opt for clean, business casual style clothing. Avoid t-shirts and jeans, short shorts, sweatpants, and hoodies in particular. You want to show you’re serious about applying and want to be considered a top candidate. And, make sure your clothes fit well. This seems like common sense, but sometimes we overlook this important and basic rule. Properly fitted clothing makes you look neat and presentable, and if you’re comfortable in your clothes, you’ll feel more relaxed.

Wear comfortable shoes

Chances are that during your visit to the school, you’ll get a campus tour. Boarding schools often have sprawling campuses, and you might be walking around for 30 minutes or longer. Uncomfortable shoes can make this a terrible experience for you, but still remember tips one and two and wear appropriate shoes.

Moderation is key

When you’re dressing for your interview, naturally you want to look your best, but don’t go overboard. Avoid wearing heavy perfume or cologne, as this can be distracting to those around you. Accessorize your look, if that’s your thing, but stay simple. Some schools may have strict rules on the kinds of accessories allowed, so keep this in mind.

Just Ask!

A great way to show initiative is to call ahead and speak with your interviewer about what the dress code is for the school and what you should wear.

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Stacy Jagodowski

Written by Stacy Jagodowski

Ms. Jago joined the Cheshire Academy community in August 2013 as the director of strategic marketing and communications. Prior to coming to Cheshire Academy, she spent six years working in communications offices at both colleges and private school, as well as five years in admission at both boarding schools and day schools.

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