Interview attire

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I am aware this topic has been presented and discussed numerous times. But there seems to be such variation in peoples' situations.

This is the text from the email: "Please dress in professional business attire (no jeans, athletic attire, shorts, sneakers, sandals, etc.). If you are interviewing for a clinical position you are permitted to wear scrubs."

Elsewhere in the email also included this again:"feel free to wear or bring scrubs as there may be an opportunity to stay for sharetime following your interview"

What is sharetime?

This is so stressful. I've applied to 12 positions and this is my 1st interview offer. :eek:

I am just not completely educated on the culture of hospital-based nursing. So I want to see what those with more experience have to say.

Thank you!

CCU BSN RN

280 Posts

Specializes in CICU, Telemetry. Has 7 years experience.

If they told you that wearing scrubs is an option, WEAR SCRUBS. You're ready to shadow on the floor, and it takes all the guess work out of it.

Sour Lemon

5,016 Posts

Has 13 years experience.

I'm a huge fan of business-casual. I would not wear scrubs, but I would take them along and leave them in the car.

NuGuyNurse2b

927 Posts

Agree. I've always interviewed in a suit, but if I had those directions, I would let them know I brought the scrubs in case they wanted me to get down and dirty.

HardStick69

12 Posts

This is absolutely no help but its hilarious

MrChicagoRN, RN

2,589 Posts

Specializes in Leadership, Psych, HomeCare, Amb. Care. Has 30 years experience.

Dress professionally.

Scrubs fold/roll up pretty small and fit in a small bag.

CrunchRN, ADN, RN

4,458 Posts

Specializes in Clinical Research, Outpt Women's Health. Has 25 years experience.

I always go with a navy blue suit with white shirt. Bring scrubs in case.....

kataraang, BSN

129 Posts

Specializes in critical care ICU. Has 7 years experience.

Thank you so much for your feedback! It really helps me. I will wear business casual but put the scrubs in my bag. I've never been so scared and excited for an interview in my life :wideyed:

Cat365

570 Posts

I have no idea what share time is, but if it requires scrubs I would think it is a form of job shadowing. I personally would take, but not wear the scrubs. I just would not feel as confident in them. I would wear dress slacks, low heels, and a dress shirt.

I was always told to dress two positions higher than what I was interviewing for. Unless it was a management position I would not wear a suit.

if you are comfortable and confident in scrubs wear them, but make sure they are solid colored and somewhat fitted. I'm still fighting the sensation that I'm wearing pjs in public every time I wear scrubs. I've decided I may never get over that sensation. Of course I don't own a pair of sweatpants and my yoga pants never leave the house or gym.

kataraang, BSN

129 Posts

Specializes in critical care ICU. Has 7 years experience.
I'm still fighting the sensation that I'm wearing pjs in public every time I wear scrubs.

Considering I regularly use scrubs as PJ's (I have a "home-only" set that I do not let near patients!) I completely understand what you are saying.

Cat365

570 Posts

Some people are naturally good looking and charismatic. I have seen people that can control the attention of a room in sloppy clothing. I need to know I look professional at an interview. Especially if I'm nervous and wish to appear confident.

kataraang, BSN

129 Posts

Specializes in critical care ICU. Has 7 years experience.

I tried on scrubs today at a uniform shop. It is amazing how badly they are fitted! I have to hem off probably 6 inches off the bottom. They think I'm 6 feet tall? I only picked a size medium. :confused: