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 how to dress for a medical school interview. Below are med school interview attire tips for both med and women.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?
Female Med School Interview Attire Tips
Our biggest suggestion for Interview Day Attire:
Look professional, but be comfortable. Interview days are usually long and require a lot of walking.
Hey ladies! Here are some tips on what to wear to a medical school interview. We include tips on accessories too!
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.
Men Med School Interview Attire Tips
Our biggest suggestion for Interview Day Attire:
Don’t be afraid to venture away from a black suit and white shirt. We recommend individuals to wear more colorful clothing, like light pink or baby blue dress shirts.
Hi gents! Here are some tips on what to wear to a medical school interview. We include tips on accessories too!
Medical School Interview Attire Tip #1 –Suit
The general tone of med school interview attire is conservative. When looking for a suit, go for something both professional and comfortable. Black, grey, and navy blue suits are always associated with professionalism.
As mentioned, the suit should be comfortable. It should be well cut down to your size. Remove any tags, stickers (including previous name tags that you wore at other interviews), and pins before the med school interview. Ensure your suit is properly cleaned and ironed.
Med School Interview Attire Tip #2 – Dress Shirt and Ties
Your dress shirt, tie, and suit should all match. One question we often receive is whether males have to wear white dress shirts to their interview. Our opinion is – no. In fact, we like solid-colored or patterned shirts with some color to them. But make sure your dress shirts are not too bright.
Ties can give an outfit personality. Again, make sure it matches and looks professional. Some people try to match their tie color with the medical school’s colors.
Medical School Interview Attire Tip #3 – Dress Shoes
Your shoes need to match the rest of your outfit. Men have a simple choice between black and brown. They are both conservative and professional.
Medical School Interview Attire Tip #4 – Other Things to Bring
Besides the above medical school interview outfit, 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. Read our blog on 5 essential things to bring to a medical school interview.
If you have an upcoming interview, make sure you check out all these med school interview resources:
If you are prepared, the Cracking Med School Admissions interview gives you the perfect opportunity to standout and shine by sharing with people what you are passionate about.
Common Med School Interview Attire Questions
Q: What should I bring to my medical school interview?
Cracking Med School Admissions Response: For in-person medical school interviews, we have a whole blog post and list of things you should bring, including: directions, an interview folder, and a couple of black or blue pens. Read more: What to Bring to a Medical School Interview: 5 Essential Things
For virtual interviews, make sure your laptop is fully charged and that your laptop charger is plugged in. Be in a place with good internet. We also recommend to have a pen and notebook ready in case you want to write down notes or somebody’s email address. If you want to show the interviewer something – like a piece of artwork – have that handy. Finally, we like to recommend our students to have post-its with “Words of Encouragement” or reminders.
Q: When do medical schools offer interviews?
Some medical schools start giving out invites in late August and early September. A majority of med school invitations are given to applicants between late September to mid-December. There are still several invites that are given in January and February. Please note that even for medical schools that start giving interview invites early, they can still give their last medical school interview invites to applicants until December or January.
Q: When is medical school interview season?
Medical school interview season lasts from September to February. It is important to keep in mind that each medical school has its own timeline.