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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!

Interview Attire Tips

  • Before you even think about going on an interview, make sure you have appropriate interview attire and everything fits correctly.
  • Get your clothes ready the night before, so you do not have to spend time getting them ready on the day of the interview.
  • If your clothes are dry clean only, take them to the cleaners after an interview, so they are ready for next time.
  • Polish your shoes.
  • Bring a breath mint and use it before you enter the building.

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.

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Interview Attire

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.


Professional Interview Attire

What to wear to a Professional Interview

Men's Interview Attire

  • Suit (solid color - navy or dark grey)
  • Long sleeve shirt (white or coordinated with the suit)
  • Belt
  • Tie
  • Dark socks, conservative leather shoes
  • Little or no jewelry
  • Neat, professional hairstyle
  • Limit the after shave
  • Neatly trimmed nails
  • Portfolio or briefcase

Women's Interview Attire

  • Suit (navy, black or dark grey)
  • The suit skirt should be long enough so you can sit down comfortably
  • Coordinated blouse
  • Conservative shoes
  • Limited jewelry (no dangling earrings or arms full of bracelets)
  • No jewelry is better than cheap jewelry
  • Professional hairstyle
  • Neutral pantyhose
  • Light make-up and perfume
  • Neatly manicured clean nails
  • Portfolio or briefcase

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Less Formal Interview Attire

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.

What Not to Bring to the Interview

  • Gum
  • Cell phone
  • iPod
  • Coffee or soda
  • If you have lots of piercings, leave some of your rings at home (1 pair earrings only is a good rule)


Business Casual Interview Attire

What to Wear to a Business Casual Interview

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

Women's Interview Attire

  • Khaki, corduroy, twill or cotton pants or skirts
  • Sweaters, twinsets, cardigans, polo/knit shirts
  • Solid colors work better than bright patterns

Men's Interview Attire

  • Khaki, gabardine or cotton pants, neatly pressed
  • Cotton long-sleeved button-down shirts, pressed, polo shirts or knit shirts with a collar
  • Sweaters
  • Leather shoes and belt
  • Tie optional

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What Not to Wear to an Interview

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.