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Dressing etiquette for interviews in academia

I have been invited for a PhD interview day at an institution in the US. I was just wondering how formal/informal these interview days are. I know I will be meeting a few professors for which I have expressed interest. I definitely do not want to be underdressed but also I do not want to overdoit. Especially because I have noticed in my field ecology/biology the dress code is quite loose. (I remember this colleague of mine that would come to work with a shirt full of paint stains because he was painting his house, that cracked me up every time)

Would nice pants, a buttoned shirt, and elegant black sneakers be good enough? Should I wear a blazer as well?

  • This is much more specific and also country specific. Also using the search function I was not able to locate the question you mentioned. Perhaps we can improve the tagging of the other question. Dec 19, 2012 at 10:46
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    The answer to the question quoted by @EnergyNumbers is also the answer to this question. Both are tagged with interview
    – Ben Norris
    Dec 19, 2012 at 11:48
  • @BenNorris: The linked question asks about dress for either faculty or student interviews. However, none of its answers currently addresses student interviews specifically. Dec 21, 2012 at 7:12


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