Medical School Interview Attire

By April 1, 2015November 20th, 2020Announcements, Interview Advice

Medical school interview attire

There’s been quite a bit of debate in other non-medical industries lately about medical school interview attire. With the surge in technology-related startups where people dress casually, for example, interview attire has become even more ambiguous.

It’s important to recognize, however, that applying to medical school is a professional activity and medicine is a fairly traditional industry. It’s best to project an image of professionalism in front of an admissions committee during a medical school interview.

When it comes to the medical school interview attire, we all believe you should dress to impress. What does this mean?

What to wear to medical school intnerview

Medical school interview attire

Medical school interview attire for guys: Wear slacks and a nicely pressed dress shirt. We also recommend wearing a tie. A suit blazer is optional (thought most people wear them), but interviewees usually wear one in cold weather.

For more details about what males should wear and bring to a medical school interview: read our Med School Interview Attire for Men Blog

Medical school interview attire for girls: There is more leeway to what you can wear to a medical school interview. You can wear a suit and skirt or suit and slacks. The top can also range from a nice tank top, blouse, or dress shirt. Jewelry and accessories are a nice touch, but don’t go overboard.

For more details about what females should wear and bring to a medical school interview: read our Med School Interview Attire for Women Blog

Fit is important. Take the time to pick out clothes that fit well. For instance, the stylish suit you walk by in the store window may be hitting the 6’0” mannequin perfectly, but on you … it may not be as dashing. Trousers should touch the top of the shoes, but not fall below the heels or drag on the ground.

Another important detail to keep in mind is finding a balance between looking stiff and looking sloppy. Three-piece suits were out a long time ago, but t-shirts have never been in. A good way to brighten up a very traditional outfit is with colors. In fact, we like medical school interview attire with non-traditional colors like baby pink or lavender so we don’t look like everyone else! Strictly black & white should be avoided. After all, this day is not a funeral — it’s your chance to come alive!

It’s also important to go through the sit-down-test, and the walk-around-test. Some outfits look great when you’re standing up, but the majority of interviews will be sit-down affairs. You want to make sure your outfit is still comfortable when you’re seated, and that it doesn’t reveal … anything you don’t want your interviewer to see. Likewise, you may be moving to multiple rooms or buildings while visiting a campus, so make sure your outfit is comfortable enough to walk around in. For girls, especially, wear heels that are comfortable – you may be walking around a city the throughout the day.

Don’t feel shy to get a second opinion from friends or other medical students! Feel free to send us a photo if you want a second opinion on what to wear to your next medical school interview. And of course, on interview day, make sure everything is dry-cleaned and ironed. Your acceptance letters will be thankful you did.

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