Post # 1
I’ve asked around and seem to have gotten different answers, not sure if I will continue to get an array of answers on here but I figured it was worth a shot!
Im graduating with an Occupational Therapy degree in May and will likely be going on interviews soon. For those that don’t know, Occupational Therapy is sort of a sister profession to physical therapy, though it focuses more on the brain and upper extremity function and the use of activities to therepeutically help people regain (or gain) function to complete tasks throughout the day (things like dressing, feeding, bathing, etc). We are on the same pay grade as physical therapists and require the same amount of schooling.
I will likely be interviewing at places like hospitals, skilled nursing facilities, rehabilitation centers, psychiatric centers, and possible even elementary schools (considering giving pediatrics a try if the job looks decent enough). My expected pay grade is anywhere between 60,000-80,000, respectively, if that matters.
So what do I wear on Interviews?
Ive heard that a nice blouse and slacks are fine for life sciences and that blazers and suit jackets are more meant for business positions.
I’ve heard that for hospitals I should dress more professionally, but places like schools and psychiatric centers should be more business casual.
I’ve heard just rock a suit jacket everywhere because you can never be too dressed up.
Not sure which advice is right- I’ve never interviewed for a position with this high of a paygrade so I really don’t want to screw this up.
Adding a poll to make it easier! Thanks for the advice!
Post # 2
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 # 3
Hp417 : this was my assumption at first until someone told me it might look “silly” and “ridiculous”, and compared it to that scene in Step Brothers where they wore tuxedos for like a janitorial job or something like that!
But that is my gut instinct to go all out- probably what I will end up doing but just wanted to get some more opinions!
Post # 4
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
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
A blazer is never too dressed!
Post # 7
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.