DRESS FOR SUCCESS
Who says interview style has to be basic?
First impressions matter, especially when it comes to interviews for a new job, dental or nursing school admissions, residencies, and even academic positions. Your attire plays a significant role in making that first impression. Dressing appropriately not only shows your professionalism but also demonstrates your respect for the institution and the people you are meeting. Here, we'll guide you on what to wear for interviews in these critical fields, including the essentials like a timeless suit styled with a not-too-boring blouse, a lapel pin, and simple jewelry.
The Classic Tailored Suit
A well-fitted suit is a timeless choice for interviews. Whether you're aspiring to become a nurse, a dental student, a resident, or an academic, a suit sets a professional tone. Opt for a classic black, navy, or charcoal gray suit. Ensure it's tailored to fit you perfectly. An ill-fitting, frumpy suit can be distracting and give the wrong impression.
Notes on color: Suit colors that are considered generally "safe" are classic black, dark gray, and navy.
- A tailored suit jacket and matching trousers
- A crisp, long-sleeved dress shirt in a neutral color like white or light blue
- A conservative tie in a subtle pattern or solid color
- Polished leather dress shoes in black or brown
- A matching leather belt
- Consider adding quirky cuff links, like tiny teeth or organs, depending on the field you're interviewing in. With a smaller scale, they'll add just enough pop without looking garish or gaudy.
- A tailored suit jacket with matching slacks or a skirt
- A blouse in a complementary color or a classic white
- Closed-toe pumps or low-heeled shoes (you may be touring a facility, so you'll want to be comfy)
- A belt that matches the suit or complements the blouse
- Keep jewelry minimal and subtle (more on this later)
Your blouse or shirt choice can add a touch of personality to your interview outfit. While it's essential to choose a clean style overall, you can opt for a blouse or shirt with subtle details or a pop of color that reflects your individuality.
- Choose a well-fitted dress shirt in a solid color or subtle pattern, such as pin stripes.
- Consider a shirt with a slightly different collar style or cuff design to stand out subtly.
- Ensure your shirt is clean, neatly pressed, and tucked in.
- A classic blouse in a neutral color or if opting for color, choose a soft, muted variation of that hue. Ex: if choosing from the orange family, consider a light peach instead.
- Subtle patterns or textures like pin stripes or a plissé fabric.
- Pay attention to the neckline; avoid anything too low-cut or revealing. During winter seasons, mock neck tops can look really great accentuated with a necklace to give the illusion of length.
- Ensure your blouse is neatly tucked into your skirt or slacks.
Jewelry can be a beautiful way to enhance your appearance, but it's crucial to keep it minimal and tasteful for interviews.
For both men and women:
- Wear a wristwatch that is classic and not overly flashy.
- If you have pierced ears, opt for small, discreet earrings like our Basic Bezel Stud Earrings.
- One of our favorite rings is the Bandage Ring because of its subtlety. Its form mimics a classic Cigar Ring while also displaying details of a bandage.
- Avoid wearing too many rings or bracelets at a time, as they can be distracting and noisy during times where you're placing your hands down on a table, shaking others' hands, or speaking with any hand movement.
- For necklaces, choose a simple, tiny pendant on a Basic Chain.
A brooch or lapel pin can be a unique accessory that adds a touch of sophistication to your outfit. It's subtle yet eye-catching and can be a great conversation starter during interviews.
For both men and women:
- Choose a brooch that is understated and complements your outfit's color scheme.
- Avoid flashy or oversized brooches that might distract from your overall appearance.
- Pin the brooch on your blazer lapel for a polished look.
- Keep it simple with one pin at a time. If you're on a long interview trail, consider wearing the same outfit with a new pin swapped for each interview to keep things feeling fresh.
Dressing for interviews in healthcare and academia requires a fine balance between professionalism and individuality. A well-fitted suit, a not-so-basic blouse, a tasteful brooch, and simple jewelry can help you make a positive first impression. Remember that your attire should reflect your respect for the opportunity and institution you're interviewing with. By dressing thoughtfully, you'll set yourself up for success and show your commitment to this career path.