Your attire can make or break the outcome of your interview. Why? Because the person interviewing you doesn’t know you yet, and they will be looking for clues to your personality and work ethic. That’s why it’s important to dress professionally and appropriately for your travel healthcare interview. Here’s everything you’ll need to know to show up dressed to impress.
Your Travel Interview Dress Code
First impressions mean a lot in your interview! You’ll want to arrive clean, polished and ready to go. Here’s what you should wear:
You can never go wrong with a suit. Choose a color that is seasonally (and regionally) appropriate. For example, during the fall and winter, a dark blue, grey or black suit fits well. But in the summertime (or in a warmer climate), you might want to choose a lighter color or fabric for your suit. Always make sure it is cleaned and pressed—wrinkles won’t help you paint the picture that you’re a professional serious about the job at hand. And don’t forget your tie—choose one that compliments the color of your suit, and preferably not a crazy (or childish) pattern. Best to err on the side of formal when attending an interview.
It’s a good idea to choose either a pant or skirt suit, in a color that fits the season and geographic location (similar to the menswear advice, above). Always wear stockings—never bare legs. And, of course, be sure your clothing is clean and pressed.
You might not realize it, but the condition of your shoes can say a lot about your professionalism and attention to detail. Be sure your footwear is clean and polished—no scuff marks! For ladies, you can choose heels or flats, but if you choose to wear high heels, it’s best to avoid anything with more than a three-inch lift.
You’ll want to keep your look clean—after all, healthcare professionals typically do not wear many flashy accessories on the job, so why would you do so during an interview? For men, it’s best to stick with no more than a watch, and for women, just simple jewelry. If you have excessive earrings or other piercings, you’ll want to remove them for your interview.
Hair and makeup
Again, your look should be simple and clean. Ladies—if you have long hair, you may want to wear it up or back in a ponytail. If you wear make-up, keep it light. Men should opt for a fresh haircut and a clean style. If you have facial hair, keep it trimmed and professional.
Always avoid these wardrobe pitfalls
Remember, you want to look pulled together. Ladies are best to avoid short hemlines on skirts. As it’s better to be overdressed than underdressed, avoid casual dress (including khakis), street attire, and casual footwear. Skip the cologne or perfume, too—as healthcare workers don’t wear this on the job, it’s not appropriate for an interview.
Are you ready?
Once you have your look prepared, contact MedPro Healthcare Staffing for your next travel healthcare position. We work with nurses, therapists, pharmacists and allied healthcare staff for travel positions across the country. How can we help you? To find out, contact one of our experienced recruiters today.