What to wear on medical job interviews?

posted 3 years ago in Career
  • poll: What to wear?
    Business casual is fine : (3 votes)
    10 %
    A suit jacket/blazer would be best : (25 votes)
    86 %
    Depends on the place your interviewing for : (1 votes)
    3 %
    Depends on something else (please explain!) : (0 votes)
  • Post # 2
    264 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: April 2017

    Wear the suit jacket, you never know who will be interviewing you and what their standards will be. Very unlikely they would think you are dressing too professionally but if you under dress you can bet they will notice.

    Post # 4
    2758 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: June 2017


    mingogo4 :  I’m in a similar profession (assistant psychologist), and have been working at inpatient psychiatric hospitals for a couple years now. I have definitely worn a blazer, trousers and a collared shirt to every interview I have ever been on. I mean, I wear nice blouses and slacks on a regular basis to work so I would definitely dress up a bit more for an interview! If it helps I am close friends with the O.T. on my ward and she wears the same type of things as I do, both to work and interviews. So definitely go for more dressed up (but not quite like StepBrothers haha). 

    Post # 5
    723 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: July 2017

    I am a radiographer (allied health professional, same level as OT) and I always wear suit trousers and blazer, white shirt and small heels. My degree tells me I’m a working professional, so therefore I  (try) and dress as such for interview. 

    Post # 6
    480 posts
    Helper bee

    A blazer is never too dressed!

    Post # 7
    276 posts
    Helper bee

    I’m a PT and I wore a suit when I interviewed for my first job post-graduation – I was overdressed, but it didn’t change the outcome – I got multiple offers! However, since that time, I wear nice slacks and a blouse and again have been successful in job hunting. Of course, much of this also depends on where you are interviewing… if you are interviewing at a hospital where they wear scrubs, slacks and a blouse is more than acceptable. If you are interviewing at a private clinic where they wear slacks, blouses, or ties on the men you would want to wear slacks & blazer or a suit. The general rule of thumb is to dress one level better than the job you are hoping to get!

    Hope that helps!

    Post # 8
    2395 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: October 2016

    In my position, I have hired OT’s and PT’s and nurses. Definitely do that jacket. It will look more polished, especially as you have no work experience. Interviewers want to know that you’re a professional. 

    Post # 9
    562 posts
    Busy bee

    You can’t go wrong with a suit for an interview, it looks polished and professional. It also shows you are taking a serious interest in the interview and the profession. As an interviewer, well groomed and a suit gets my vote every time.

    Post # 10
    20 posts

    Hi! I’m a speech pathologist, been in the field for about 2 years. I usually wear a blouse and dress pants, and nice black dress shoes. I work in a SNF. I went on an interview in a Brooklyn hospital once and one of the girls was super underdressed- like leggings and boots! I saw another at a rehab hospital in a business casual dress and heels. As long as you look well put together, I think the blouse/dress pants combo or blazer with suit are both fine. According to my graduate supervisor, you can never be too dressed up, but I think it just depends on what makes you most comfortable and confident.

    Post # 11
    987 posts
    Busy bee

    maybe its just me but I always wear a blazer (at minimum) to a job interview. Usually I wear a suit but depending on the industry, a blazer and more relaxed pants or a non matching skirt/dress could work too. You want to give off the vibe that you fit into the culture, but it still is an interview so you should be a bit more dressed up than everyone else for this profession. 

    Post # 12
    61 posts
    Worker bee
    • Wedding: September 2018

    I’d definitely do a blazer. I’m about to finish NP school and really debated what I should wear to an interview. I ended up going with a colored blazer and black dress pants. So, not exaclty a suit, but dressier than a blouse and dress pants. I felt like I looked professional, but not overdressed which I think was perfect. Ultimately, wear what you are comfortable with, but I don’t think it hurts to be a bit overdressed for an interview. 

    Post # 13
    1356 posts
    Bumble bee

    I work in health care and I feel for any interview, whatever the job is, candidates should wear the blazer/suit. I’ve seen so many female candidates come in wearing casual attire now and it is disappointing.  I’ve always interviewed in a suit, but it doesn’t seem the standard anymore for some.  I always look for the candidate who shows the most professionalism in how they dress, speak, and conduct themselves.  I don’t judge based on attire, but the more professional you look, it shows that you wanted to make that extra effort.

    Post # 14
    159 posts
    Blushing bee

    I wore a suit to a job interview at Pizza Hut few years ago. I believe you can’t go wrong with being dressed nicely. If someone thinks you are overdressed they are actually unlikely to count that against you – you might not score bonus points but I find it unlikely that you will be less likely to get the job because you dressed too nicely. 

    But you can definitely rub someone the wrong way if they think you didn’t dress up enough. 


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