Interview Insights: What to Wear on Interview Day

What would a doctor wear (when she isn’t in scrubs)? While it may seem like the least important factor in getting into medical school, what you wear to your medical school interview is going to seem very important when you are getting ready for your big day.

Simply put, your interview outfit should be a conservative business suit. If you don’t have one, that’s ok. You don’t need to spend a lot of money to look professional, especially if you plan ahead. Department stores and discount stores have suits on sale almost year-round, if you take the time to look. Excuse my buzz marketing, but Macy’s has excellent suits that are almost always on sale, while TJ Maxx, Marshalls, and Nordstrom Rack have nice suits at low prices more seasonally.

Basic Guidelines

For men:

  • A standard single breasted suit and tie will do. No vest required.  
  • Don’t do anything silly with the tie, but this is where you can add a bit of color and personality to your outfit.
  • A suit should make you look professional and nothing more.
  • For more tips on how to find a suit that fits, read Esquire’s list of seven ways to make sure your suit fits.

For women:

  • A conservative grey, black, or navy suit is the way to go as well.
  • The old guard said that women should wear skirt suits, but that is pretty outdated.
  • Wear a nice blouse and long-sleeved blazer with matching full length pants or a knee length skirt.
  • Stay away from suits with zippers, chains, or other decorative items attached.
  • Jewelry and makeup should be kept to a minimum. Follow Coco Chanel’s advice when it comes to jewelry, take off the last accessory you put on before you leave the house. Less is more.
  • Forget Coco Chanel’s advice when it comes to perfume: don’t wear any.
  • The fit of your suit is very important. Pants should drape and hit the top of your foot, and skirts should be at least knee length. Tight fitting and short is out for interviews.

Your personality should come out in your stories and conversation, not your orange paisley shirt or white linen suit and bowtie. That is why keeping it simple is so important.  It doesn’t mean that you have to adhere to an exact color combination (black suit, white shirt), but keeping it tame is the idea. You want to be remembered for your personality and stories, not your fashion choices.