Dress for Success: Preparing For Your Medical School Admissions Interview

As you prepare for your med school admissions interview, your head is no doubt swimming with all sorts of details.  You are prepared for common questions.  You’re going to sit up straight, make eye contact, and speak clearly.  You are going to speak confidently about yourself, your experience, and your ability.

But are you going to dress right?

Too many prospective medical students don’t think about their outfit for the interview—and as a result, their unprofessional appearance detracts from their overall performance.  Don’t make that mistake!  Keep the following in mind as you prepare for your interview:

1) Call the school in advance and inquire about appropriate dress for their interview. While the dress code for an interview is generally a suit, it is always a good idea to call in advance to find out for sure.  Not only will you find out exactly what is expected, but you will also impress the school by demonstrating your commitment to getting the details right!

2) Choose the right suit. Both women and men should wear a suit that looks sharp and professional.  Your interview is not the place to make a fashion statement—so stay away from bright or flashy colors.  In addition, it is critically important that your suit fits right.  Take it to a tailor and have them make any alterations they deem necessary.  The trick to looking great in a suit isn’t necessarily spending big money… the trick is to wear a suit that fits you perfectly.

3) Make sure you look your best. It is easy to neglect seemingly obvious details as you prepare for an incredibly important and stressful interview.  It is important that you look your best—get your hair cut if necessary, and give yourself plenty of time the morning of the interview to do get ready.  Not only will you look and feel better, but you will also be more relaxed and confident as you walk into the interview!

You have put years of work into your medical career so far.  Don’t let neglecting to dress well sabotage your chances of getting into the school of your dreams!


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