How to Dress for an Interview in the Health Field
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In the health care field, it's perfectly acceptable to wear colorful scrubs but only after you've been officially hired. It's important to remember that interviews in the health field is just like any other job interview – you have to dress appropriately and professionally.
Do Your Research
As with any job in any profession, it's important to understand the company culture and the way employees are expected to dress before you go in. Prior to the interview, take ample time to research the hospital, clinic or office to find out what employees wear. In some clinics, nurses and doctors wear scrubs, while in other clinics, the medical professionals dress formally. Browse the company website or visit the clinic to get an understanding of what the employees are wearing.
As a general rule, plan to look a little dressy, unless otherwise instructed. Acceptable interview attire for women include: a dressy shirt paired with a pencil skirt or tailored pants and a button-down shirt. For men, a collared shirt and neat slacks are acceptable. A suit is also acceptable, especially in institutions with upscale clientele. Read any instructions about the interview process thoroughly. If you are expected to wear scrubs or other clinical attire, choose clothing that fits well and displays your professionalism. If you're still not sure what you're expected to wear for the interview, ask the human resources officer who set up the interview or the recruiter with whom you've been working.
In some cases, you may be asked to do a working interview, in which you shadow staff members in your field and complete tasks in order to gauge your competency level. If you've been informed ahead of time that you will have a working interview, wear comfortable footwear and appropriate attire. A working interview is typically held as a second interview or follow-up interview, after you've passed through the initial phase of the process.
When it comes to accessories, a little goes a long way. For women aim for light makeup and a few key accessories, such as a watch or a modest pair of earrings. Your hair should be styled neatly and typically pulled back because on the job, you're likely to wear it in a ponytail or bun. For men, adding a watch or tie to your ensemble can make you look put together. Avoid looking disheveled in your interview by combing and styling your hair neatly.
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Nicole Vulcan has been a journalist since 1997, covering parenting and fitness for The Oregonian, careers for CareerAddict, and travel, gardening and fitness for Black Hills Woman and other publications. Vulcan holds a Bachelor of Arts in English and journalism from the University of Minnesota. She's also a lifelong athlete and is pursuing certification as a personal trainer.