5 Teacher interview outfit ideas to land your dream job - Crosson's Classroom (2023)

Trying to put together a teacher interview outfit but feeling unsure of what to wear to a teacher interview? Keep reading for outfit ideas and outfit inspo to help you land your teaching interview!

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Dressing the part

Being prepared for your interview is just one of the components of being interview-ready. Making a great first impression is crucial to securing the job, and one of the key ways to do this is by dressing appropriately.

Choosing the right teacher interview outfit can be challenging (trust me, I changed at least 20 times before my interviews…), but it’s also an opportunity to showcase your professional style and dedication to the field. In this blog post, we’ll explore the key elements of a teacher interview outfit and provide tips and suggestions to help you make the right choice.

Top teacher interview outfit tips

Use the following tips as a guide when you’re choosing which outfit to stick with during your job search!

1. Dress for the job you want, not the job you have

You’ve probably heard this one before, considering everyone seems to say it, but they say it because it’s true! Showing up to university in sweats and a messy bun may be totally acceptable, but just like in your practicum, you need to dress professionally for a teaching interview.

Things to consider when deciding which type of outfit to go with:

  • Is there a dress code?
    • I always falter to business-casual, but if you’re applying to a school with strict dress code mimic that as much as possible in the outfit you choose for your interview.
  • Show your personality but remain professional.
    • Even if you’re the type of teacher that loves funky earrings and crazy socks, remember that professionalism is the most important in an interview. I like to show personality with fun earrings or a pop of bright color in my outfit, but I save the cute teacher T’s for when I’m actually in the classroom.
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2. Stick to a neutral color palette

Neutral colors such as black, navy, gray, and brown are a safe choices for a teacher interview outfit. These colors convey professionalism and competence, and they are less likely to be distracting than bold or bright colors.

However, it’s important to choose a color that you feel confident and comfortable in, as your outfit should reflect your personal style and character. I’ll never forget my conflict and resolution prof in year 3 who showed up in a black blazer, black trousers, heels, and a bright red shirt on our first day. She later told us that red is her power color – And I see why! She clearly felt confident, it showed off her style, but overall she looked very professional.

This super cute sweater is a great example. You can dress it up or down, making it perfect for an interview and daily wear.

3. Avoid clothing with distracting patterns or logos

On that note, if you do go for a fun pop of color, keep it neutral in pattern. During a teacher interview, the focus should be on your qualifications and skills, not your clothing.

Avoid wearing clothing with distracting patterns or logos, as these can take the focus away from the important information you’re sharing with the interviewer. Instead, opt for solid-colored pieces that are clean and simple.

Rather than wear a distracting pattern, I like to pair a plain blouse with a blazer to create a polished look. Check out this one, which comes in a variety of colors.

4. Consider comfort and practicality

While it’s important to look professional for your teacher interview, you also want to feel comfortable and confident. Make sure that your outfit is comfortable to wear and allows you to move freely. After all, teachers are on their feet all day and doing everything from HPE to art class.

5. Pay attention to personal grooming and accessories

Grooming and accessories can greatly enhance your teacher interview outfit. Make sure your hair is neat and tidy, and choose accessories that are simple, understated, and complement your outfit.

Avoid wearing excessive jewelry, as this can be distracting. If you’re wearing heels, opt for modest ones. Remember that attention to detail can make all the difference in making a great first impression!

Opt for a neutral heel to tie things together. I like pairing my shoe with one of the colors in my outfit.

What to wear to a teacher interview?

Keeping the advice above in mind, here are some tips for which type of clothing works best for an interview. BTW, I’ve separated them by female and male for clarty’s sake, but obviously, there’s fluidity within that! Staying true to yourself and your personal style is the most important, regardless of how you identify.

Professional outfit options for women

Here are some Pinterest-curated outfit inspo ideas for your next teacher interview. To see them all on Pinterest, check out my Teacher interview outfit ideas board.

Dress pants and a blouse

Dress pants and a blouse are my go-to’s! I love either wide-leg dress pants with hells or paper bag pants with an ankle boot.

Suit (or pantsuit)

A suit is a classic choice for a teacher interview outfit, as it conveys professionalism and competence. Pantsuits are also so comfy!


A knee-length dress in a neutral color, such as black or navy, can also be a great choice for a teacher interview. Look for a dress that is well-fitted, modest, and appropriate for the school’s dress code.

Skirt and blouse

A knee-length or ankle-length skirt paired with a simple blouse in a neutral color is another option for a professional teacher interview outfit. Make sure that the skirt fits well and is not too tight or revealing. And, pair the outfit with a blazer to tie it all together!

Professional outfit options for men

Again, business casual is the game! Personally, I feel like a tie is a bit too formal for a teaching interview. But, a clean and professional outfit is important, so consider opting for a well-fitting suit or suit pants and a dress shirt.

Here’s some inspo below! It’s also in my Pinterest board.


In conclusion, choosing the right outfit for a teacher interview is crucial in making a great first impression and showcasing your professionalism and competence.

When selecting your interview attire, keep in mind the type of school you’re applying to, choose neutral colors, avoid distracting patterns and logos, consider comfort and practicality, and pay attention to grooming and accessories.

By following these tips, you’ll be able to present yourself as a confident and competent educator, ready to take on the challenges of the classroom. Remember that your outfit is just one aspect of your interview, so be sure to prepare well, practice your teaching techniques, and focus on your qualifications and skills.

Good luck at your job interview and thank you for reading! ♡

Frequently asked questions about teacher interview outfits

What to wear to a teacher interview?

A teacher should dress professionally and conservatively for a job interview. Business attire such as a suit or dress pants and blouse, with closed-toe shoes are appropriate options. Avoid clothing that is too revealing or distracting. Stick to neutrals when you can but don’t be afraid to include a pop of color to show off your personal style.

How do you stand out in a teacher interview?

Honestly, a teaching interview is about more than just what you wear. Being clean and professionally dressed is a great way to make a good first impression, but make sure you put more energy into being prepared for the interview questions and sharing your experience.


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