Wearing scrubs everyday is just a bonus to practicing anesthesia. At least for me. It probably goes back to having a school uniform. You knew what you were wearing everyday and it was just one less thing to think about. So when it came time for an anesthesia interview I was a little lost. I was pretty sure my old school blazer was not going to make that great first impression. It would definitely make an impression. But as amusing as it would have been to show up with that on, I opted for a suit.
There is a reason I bring up this subject. I have been involved on the hiring side of many anesthesia interviews. In general, most candidates came appropriately dressed. However there were a few that left me scratching my head. Blue jeans and a polo shirt? Sneakers? A button down shirt that definitely needed more buttoning!
First impressions are powerful so make them count. I reached out to other leaders in the anesthesia field to get their expert advice on what to wear for the interview. Here is the final list that will help you walk in with confidence and set the tone to crush it.
- Wear a dark suit with pants or a skirt.
- Skirts should come to the knee or below.
- Closed toe shoes. Keep in mind at some point you will change into scrubs and walk through the perioperative area and ORs.
- Avoid flashy accessories that can cause a distraction.
- Minimal makeup and avoid perfume.
- Nails manicured and hair up out of your face.
- Dark suit with tie or slacks with blazer and tie.
- Make sure they fit appropriately and you feel comfortable in them.
- Coordinating sock and dress shoes that are polished.
- Schedule a haircut a few days out from the interview and trim facial hair.
- Trim nails.
- Take your time shaving the morning of the anesthesia interview to avoid a razor cut.
- Avoid wearing cologne or aftershave.
Make sure your outfit is clean and neat. Staying at a hotel the night before the anesthesia interview? Ask the concierge about their laundry service to find out if they can press your clothes or iron and lay them out yourself before going to bed. There are no excuses for wrinkles.
Bags are acceptable to bring with you on interview. They can carry copies of your CV as well as a notepad with questions and pens to take notes. Ensure that the bag looks clean and professional. You can also substitute a bag for a professional folder to carry these items.
At this point you have the education. You have the training. And now you have the look to interview in style.