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Is it still appropriate for a nurse to wear a suit to an interview or is that outdated these days?

Question:

Dear Donna,

I have an interview coming up and need some advice on what to wear. Is it still appropriate to wear a suit or is that outdated these days? I know styles have changed, but just don’t know what proper attire is
for interviews.

Wants to Know What to Wear

Dear Donna replies:

Dear Wants to Know What to Wear,

This is an important question because how you present yourself on an interview has a bigger impact on the impression you make and your ultimate job-finding success than many nurses realize. In a competitive job market, you have to be one of the best, if not the best, candidate for every job.

First impressions matter big time in this situation and what you wear is part of that impression. Wearing a business suit to an interview is still the conservative, traditional rule. This would be a traditional business suit for a man and a skirted business suit for a woman. One exception would be if you are a woman who doesn’t wear skirts for whatever reason, then a pants suit would be the next best thing. The other exception would be if you are a woman who wears certain attire because of religious prescription, than doing so is perfectly acceptable.

Wearing a business suit on an interview shows a seriousness of purpose on your part and shows professionalism. It also conveys respect for the interviewer. Remember: a job interview is a formal career situation, not a casual social call. So dress the part. It’s always best to stay with conservative styles and colors, especially on the first interview, until you get a better feel for the company and
the culture.

For additional tips to help you make a great impression and ace the interview, read: “Put your best foot forward for maximum impact” (www.Nurse.com/Cardillo/Best-Foot-Forward) and “Interview to ‘Knock Their Socks Off!’” (www.Nurse.com/Cardillo/Knock-Socks-Off).

Best wishes,
Donna

By | 2014-10-16T00:00:00-04:00 October 16th, 2014|Categories: Blogs, Nursing careers and jobs|0 Comments

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