I'm from So Cal and have an interview soon in Chicago...was just wondering what you go about wearing to the interview when its freezing outside, possibly snowing? A coat over the suit removed when u go inside? Heels? (i dont want to fall on the ice). Any advice would help!
I'm from Southern CA too and had a Chicago interview right after the first snowstorm of the season. It was FREEZING (1 degree with wind chill). If you are thinking of wearing a skirt suit, you are crazy. I know it's randomly cold in California right now. But imagine this with high winds. It is not fun.
1) COAT: Make sure you have a long coat. You'll take it off in the admissions office. But if you're interviewing at U of Chicago you will need it for the tour. Most people brought their gloves with them during the tour too.
2) FEET: Also bring thick stockings, even if you're wearing pants. Make sure your shoes will work on slippery ice--maybe some cute boots. I tried to look for some the night before my interview, but they ran out of my size in everything! I had on low heels and had some problems with the ice during the tour. One girl was really close to falling down, so be careful. On the plane ride there, make sure you wear some nice wooly socks for when you land.
3) HEAD: Bring moisturizer!!!!! My face hurt so much, especially with the wind. If you are not staying in a hotel, also bring lotion for your hands and feet. That wind is brutal. For your time outside the interview, have a hat and scarf handy. I didn't bring either because of the stupid liquid carry-on rule. If you can't pack it, buy some in the airport when you land.
I know this makes me sound high maintenance, but it was the coldest weather I have ever experienced. Even the students said that Chicago has the "worst winters and best summers". It's better to be prepared than be in pain. Hope this helps, and good luck!!