Suit, or "business professional" attire?

  1. I'm sure this is a common question that has been asked a lot. I've read up on this topic on other online forums, but they were not nursing-forums. Of course, wearing a suit is the obvious choice when interviewing for positions such as banking, accounting, law etc. Everything I've read in terms of nursing-interview attire seems to have split opinions. Half say that wearing a suit is ideal, and shows respect for your interviewer as well as the hospital/company. It also shows respect for yourself and conveys a high level of professionalism. While I undoubtedly agree with all of this information, I also agree with the contrary opinions/ advice. Some posts said that if you are an entry level or new grad nurse (which I am), you can easily get away with wearing professional business attire e.g. a Navy Blue Blazer with a dress shirt & tie and Khaki/ tan dress pants. Some say that a suit may be seen as, "too much" or excessive, and the latter option of business professional attire is better. As this is a nursing forum, full of experienced opinions, can you guys please guide me in the right direction as to what the best options are? I received an interview offer for an ER Fellowship program, and I have accepted the interview, I just have not been given the available interview dates from HR, yet.
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  3. by   acap2017
    124 views & 0 comments. Thanks for the help!!!
  4. by   Sugar Magnolia
    I personally feel you can never go wrong in a clean, well fitting suit (men and women). We are professionals after all. I have been a nurse since 2000 and have worn a classic black suit at every interview. Good luck on your interview!
  5. by   acap2017
    Thank you!!
  6. by   Krissymvp
    Suit up, classic, well fit, not over the top.. ER fellowship in a competetive job market, set yourself apart from the competition. You can live in scrubs after that. Good luck.
  7. by   JadedCPN
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    124 views & 0 comments. Thanks for the help!!!
    Pro tip: don't go into the interview with an attitude like that, regardless of what you wear!