What color of suit to purchase for job interview? - page 4

I am planning ahead for graduation next summer and I would like to know what is the best color suit to wear for a job interview? Or do you think I can just wear a nice pair of dress slacks and shirt.... Read More

  1. by   jls485
    Crab guys, I still need some help or opinion after I checked out all the posts. I have an interview coming up, do you think I can just wear shirt and tie?
  2. by   Doubledee
    jls485,
    When all is said and done, the interview is about you, your skills and what you can do. My basic advice is always to wear a suit or at least coat and tie, but then again I am old. But if you don't have a suit or if you live where it is just too hot, I wouldn't lose sleep over it.
    Just wear a shirt and tie. Obviously, it should be clean pressed and fit well. Don't forget to tie your tie well. Get help if you are one of the many men who can't tie a tie. The knot of your tie should look like a balanced triangle. If it is an off center triangle, you need to loop the tie one more time. Check yourself in the mirror. It should be obvious. Pay attention to your shoes. They should be clean and in good repair. Some polish may be a good idea depending on the type of shoe.
    Go to the interview, be professional, write a thank you letter and try to find the best match for you.
    Chances are you will have several opportunities. I hope you find the best one for you. I hope you will enjoy nursing as much as I do.
  3. by   HDMotorcop
    I've been reading the rosts here and had to chuckle.........

    My last two interviews were very diametrically opposed.

    Last year I interviewed for an agency nursing job. Wore khakis, shirt, tie and a jacket. Went well, was put into the hiring/training process. Now mind you, I haven't worried about interview apparel for almost 20 years as I am a full time LEO. The dress is dictated to you! LOL! At this point I was just looking to get back into nursing partime until I retire. I'm an LPN.

    My second interview was, ahem..... alittle more "casual" one might say.

    I was in my skivvies! :uhoh21:

    Allow me to explain: I was getting my physical done for the agency at my docs office and while doing the PE doc asked my why I was going to the agency. He then cracks open the exam room door an calls out to the clinical coordinator "Hey XXXX, get in here! We need to hire him for a nursing position!" She then came and was like "***! why didn't you come to us in the first place?"

    I've been there for the past year and have been very happy.

    Now, I don't advocate being quite THAT casual at an interview, but it worked for me! LOL!!!
    Last edit by HDMotorcop on Jul 25, '07
  4. by   dtchavey
    I like lighter colored suits with dark shirts, and dark pinstriped suits... but those are often too bold for a job interview. To give a different option than has already been said, A moderate to darker grey suit with a Solid blue shirt and a patterned blue tie that brings the color of the shirt and suit together.
  5. by   Doubledee
    You have to love a situation where you can get a job in your skivvies. If that isn't great networking, I don't know what is!
  6. by   IRERN
    Welcome to Nursing good luck on your interviews. I wore a suit to an interview and they seemed put off by it ( like they expected I thought I would work in a suit ) I had little luck getting a job when I gratuated because they all wanted 3 years exp :angryfire
    I got my break working at a psych hospital for teenagers ( being a guy i think helped there ) . For most of my career my interviews have been by telephone and often in my boxers . Been a traveling nurse for 6 years now . I dont think a suit is needed just good pants , not jeans and a nice shirt and tie . the best help is good references :spin:
  7. by   caliber
    I honestly don't think it matters what color suit you wear. As long as you are hygienically clean and no wrinkle clothes. No "employer"(obv depends on the job you're interviewing for) will hire you for your "looks" or the color of your suit.
  8. by   KellNY
    Quote from caliber
    No "employer"(obv depends on the job you're interviewing for) will hire you for your "looks" or the color of your suit.
    While that's true, 1st impressions do make a difference, and looks are a HUGE part of that. Take into account the fact that fat people with the same qualifications are dismissed more readily than their slim counterparts.

    Come in messy and you're likely not to be taken seriously.

    Same thing in some places with business casual-wear khakis and a polo shirt and you look like you don't care enough.

    Come in with a 3 piece suit and a cummerbund and bow tie, you might look a little...off.
  9. by   nghtfltguy
    yeah.. charcoal gray... you can't go wrong w/ that color suit!

    but as for your interview... wear jeans ...

    nursing is a very odd commodity~
    be yourlelf... don't wear a suit!
  10. by   ImJustBSN
    I am assuming that shorts and a Hawaiian shirt would also work well. I mean along with the black jacket, red striped tie, and over-the-calf black socks. Just cant decide if I should wear dress shoes or sandals. JUST KIDDING... I know to wear the sandals with shorts. duh
  11. by   TrudyRN
    Quote from llg
    I'm sorry. I was not very clear in my earlier post. I wasn't really advising the OP to try to stand out ... just telling the story of how many of us are a little tired of the "uniform look."

    Blending in is the safer choice.
    So true - in every area of life. Those who dare to have different views or, God forbid, express them, are often not well-accepted.
  12. by   TrudyRN
    Quote from caliber
    I honestly don't think it matters what color suit you wear. As long as you are hygienically clean and no wrinkle clothes. No "employer"(obv depends on the job you're interviewing for) will hire you for your "looks" or the color of your suit.
    According to anything I've ever read on this topic, this is not so. It matters very, very much that your clothes indicate that you fit in with the established culture.
  13. by   caroladybelle
    Quote from Doubledee
    You have to love a situation where you can get a job in your skivvies. If that isn't great networking, I don't know what is!
    As a traveler, I do mostly phone interviews these days.

    Nothing like interviewing when you are half asleep, in your PJs and bunny slippers, watching "Crossing Jordan" in bed before going to sleep after a night shift. Or at the Beach. Or in a Taxi on the way to JFK to fly home, with the cat in a carrier beside you.

    But it has always worked well for me.

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