Dress For Interview
Your clothing, speech, and cleanliness speak volumes about you to the outside world, regardless of whether you agree or disagree with the inferences made on you by these superficial means. There is only one way to dress for an interview: professionally. Your professional attire not only illustrates how serious you are in embracing a medical career, it conveys to your interviewers how much you value their time. Primarily, you should reflect the image of someone who wants to attend a prestigious medical school. If you wish to appear credible, professional, and capable, you must act the part. Make sure that you present yourself as the person you want to be, even if you are not there yet.
So much has been written on this subject in other sources already, so here is a brief summary of the essentials for personal grooming and attire:
- For both men and women, the only appropriate dress for a formal interview is a suit, preferably in a sedate color (navy, black, dark gray) with few adornments. It is much safer to overdress!
- Jewelry should be minimal. Watches, earrings, cuff links, and necklaces should be well-made, simple, and should not reflect much light or make noise when worn. Cheap jewelry is far worse than no jewelry.
- Shoes should be clean without scuffs.
- Remove lint and hair from clothing.
- Have your suit cleaned and pressed the day before your interview.
- Socks and stockings should be without runs or loose strings and color coordinated with your suit.
- Choose a clean, tidy haircut that is on par with the professional attire you plan to wear. Get your haircut a few days in advance of your interview so you can have any mistakes corrected beforehand.
- Nails should be trimmed to a conservative length. Brightly colored nail polishes should be avoided.
- Wear light, professional makeup in sedate tones. If necessary, have your makeup professionally done the three hours prior to your interview.
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