How to Dress for Medical School Interview: Women

By April 11, 2017August 25th, 2019Interview Advice

Med School Interview Attire for Women

Receiving an invitation for a med school interview is half the battle to an acceptance. Congratulations! You received a med school interview invitation because you are being strongly considered.  After all the preparation and hard work, you surely wouldn’t want to decrease your acceptance chances, especially on a pretty simple basis such as dress code. We often get asked hot to dress for a medical school interview. Below are med school interview attire tips for the ladies.

Our biggest suggestion is this: Look professional, but be comfortable. Interview days are usually long and require a lot of walking.

If you have questions about your med school interview attire or need help through mock interviews, email: info@crackingmedadmissions.com.

How to Dress for Medical School Interview Tip #1 – Suit & Shirt vs. Dress

There are a number colors and styles you can choose from for your med school interview attire. What’s important is to keep things simple. Black, gray, and navy-blue suits always do the trick. You can wear a suit blazer with either dress pants or a skirt. The skirt should not be too short; if possible, your skirt should be about knee-length.

One question our team receives often is what shirt is appropriate for ladies. Wearing a button-down dress shirt or a nice blouse works. Med school interviews are professional, hence require rather conservative attires. Avoid loud colors and patterns. And definitely do not wear a blouse that has too revealing of a v-neck (low-cut).

We often get asked, “Can you wear a dress to a med school interview?” The answer is yes. However, just like the suit and pants / skirt, make sure your outfit is dark colored and conservative. It should not be too short or too revealing.

How to Dress for Medical School Interview Tip #2 – Make-up and Accessories

Same thing applies with make-up and accessories – go for simple.

Make-up: You can wear a light concealer or powder. You can also wear mascara, eyeliner, eye shadow, lipstick, and lip gloss. But remember to avoid anything too conspicuous.

Jewelry: Avoid anything distracting for your jewelry. Simple necklaces, earrings, watches, and bracelets can be nice touches, but they are not necessary. For earrings, studs look more professional than dangling earrings.

Nail polish: If you decide to wear nail polish, go for neutral tones. Again, avoid anything too bright or elaborate.

Tattoos: Cover up all tattoos.

How to Dress for Medical School Interview Tip #3 – Shoes

You are likely to do a lot of walking around the campus during your med school interview day. Your feet should feel comfortable with whatever shoes you choose. In our opinion, heels (including low heels) look more professional than flats, but it’s okay to wear either style. Make sure your shoes are closed-toe. Again, go for matching and neutral colors. We have seen girls wear bright red or bright pink shoes, and they attract too much attention.


How to Dress for Medical School Interview Tip #4 – Other Things to Bring

Besides the above, you may also need to carry along the following: a winter coat, scarf, and gloves because it often gets cold. You’ll also need to carry an interview portfolio folder, which you may want to keep in a large purse. Read our blog on 5 essential things to bring to a medical school interview.

Tip #5 – Dont’s

To briefly re-iterate – avoid: being too trendy, short skirts, low-cut shirts, wearing non-conservative colors, funny new hairstyles, open toe shoes, and visible tattoos.


Practice, practice, practice. Contact our Cracking Med School Admissions team if you want practice with med school interviews or need advice with your med school interview attire. You can reach us at info@crackingmedadmissions.com.

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