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Do you have an upcoming interview and have no idea what to wear? First impressions are a major factor in whether or not an will employer hire you. It is critical to look your best. Below are a few interview tips and ideas on how to dress for your upcoming interview. Good luck!
Gather Information Before Your Interview
In some clinics, nurses and doctors wear scrubs; in others, they wear dresses and ties and leave the scrubs to medical assistants or other support staff. Check out the company website or visit the clinic to get a glimpse of what employees are wearing.
Generally, plan to look a little dressy, unless otherwise instructed. For women, wear a neat dress shirt with a pencil skirt or a pair of tailored pants and a button-down shirt. A suit is not out of the question, especially in clinics with a more upscale clientele. If you do get instructions about the interview process, read them carefully. If you are expected to wear scrubs or other clinical attire, choose clothing that is well fitting, free of holes or stains and shows that you are a professional. Bunny scrubs do not signal professional. If you are still not sure what you are expected to wear for the interview, ask the human resources officer who set up the interview or the recruiter with whom you have been working.
What to Wear to a Working Interview
In some cases, you may be asked to do a working interview, in which you shadow current employees and complete some of the tasks that they do. For that type of interview, heels may get uncomfortable - and you will certainly stand out if you are the only one not wearing scrubs. This kind of interview may be more common as a second interview or follow-up interview, after you have passed through the initial phases of the process.
Aim for light makeup and a few key accessories, such as a watch or a modest pair of earrings. Your hair should be neat as well. Think carefully before you wear heels. If you are going to be touring a large facility as part of the interview, a comfortable - yet stylish - pair of shoes may be more appropriate.
When the workplace or the job is less formal, the dress code may be as well. If you are not sure what to wear, it is fine check with the person scheduling the interview. However, it is still important not to dress like a slob.
For men, appropriate business casual attire is dress slacks or chinos, a shirt with or without a tie, dark socks, and dress shoes. Avoid wearing polo shirts to your interview, even if they are acceptable for work.
Women should wear a combination of skirt (not too short) or dress slacks, blouse, sweater, twinset, jacket (optional), and hosiery with closed toe shoes
When the dress code is business casual it is not appropriate to wear your favorite old t-shirt, ripped jeans and ratty old sneakers or flip-flops. Remember the "business" part of business casual, and leave your old comfortable clothes at home.