Jennaiii wrote:What are thoughts on heels vs flats? I'm really short and my trousers brush the floor, so I think I'm going to either have to wear heels or take them up. Presumably the interviewers won't care as long as they're smart? (I have many pairs of nice black shoes knew they'd come in handy!)
I'm also really short and my dress pants tend to brush the floor too, so I can relate! I remember wearing heels with my business suit to my interview, though, and having a change of clothes/shoes for afterward. I'd say to do whichever makes you more comfortable, though heels are probably more professional. Since coming to Japan, though, I've worn flats anytime I had to wear a business suit (at the very beginning when I arrived, going to conferences, etc).
I don't have much else constructive to add to what's already been said, but to the original poster - I don't think buying a new business suit is necessary, though it would be good to have one for future purposes. Depending on where you get placed and the schools/grade levels you'll be teaching, you may or may not have to dress so formally every day. I teach at mostly elementary schools, and at first, I wore button-up blouses and dress pants with flats, but after maybe a month, I switched over to track suits. In Japan, track suits are seen as acceptible attire, much more formal than jeans. It's gotten to the point where I also wear track suits to the one junior high school I also teach at. So it all really depends on your situation. I'd definitely recommend asking your predecessor once you get accepted.