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What do I wear for my interview?

October 13, 2011

Interview season is approaching for some of you. Lets figure out what to wear.

First the men.

You will likely be better dressed than your interviewer as most physicians do not wear suits.

Your suit colors should be any of the following, Dark gray solid, Midnight blue solid, Medium gray semi-solid, Gray pin stripe, Navy blue chalk stripe.  Most commonly men will wear Navy blue chalk stripe suit.  You don’t have to wear a suit as a navy blazer and wool tan pants are perfectly acceptable.

If you choose to wear a suit make it a single breasted. Shirt should be white or a light shade of blue. Shoes should be black or brown oxfords -have them shined at the airport.  Socks blue or black try to find mid calf or over the calf.

I would leave out the pocket square. Ties we talked about before, tie the tie the night before and loosen it and bring it over your head and hang it up.  That way in the am before your interview you can just slip it on over your head and tighten the knot. Wear no more jewelry than a wedding ring, dress wristwatch and optional cufflinks.  I’m not a fan of tie bars – none of your interviewers will be wearing them. Bring your outfit on the plane, wear your shoes.  If your luggage is lost, at least you have your outfit.

Dress conformity doesn’t mean expensively dressed. Most of the suit-wearing people in the world wear inexpensive clothing, but your outfit can be improved in subtle ways.

Try a cream shirt with a navy suit and light blue shirt with a charcoal suit. Add a solid navy tie with the gray suit, a charcoal tie with the navy for a more polished look that still won’t raise any eyebrows.

Where to buy?  In the US try Jos Bank separates or Macy’s separates as they are fine quality wise and are always on sale.  No need to buy more expensive as the quality to price ratio is not in your favor.  You should be able to get a suit for around $300 on sale.  You want to go to a store and try the suits on to make sure that they fit well and you are comfortable in them.

One last thing, avoid cologne, it can be overpowering in a small office.

Have a look at my other posts on interviewing for some tips

What color tie should I wear?
Interview Day again
Knocking on your interviewer’s door
Interview Day

The views expressed in this post are those of Kenneth Christopher, MD and do not necessarily reflect the views of Dr. Christopher’s employer Partners HealthCare.

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