What color scrubs would you wear for an interview


I've done a search on AN already but didn't get a clear answer. I'm interviewing for a mother/baby position this week and have to wear scrubs to the interview. Following the interview is share time.

What color should I wear? I have to purchase new scrubs for this interview, all my scrubs are navy blue and white ( used to do ICU and that is what we wore).

I know I want to wear solids, I was thinking teal, lavendar, or dark purple. I cannot afford a new lab coat at this time so this is not an option.

The wearing of scrubs is throwing me off since I'd typically wear a black dress or suit for an interview.

I have a pair of new gray danksos I thought would be great. I have white nursing shoes that are decent but white seems so tacky to me.

What do you all think???

Specializes in ICU. Has 30 years experience.

Why do you have to wear scrubs to this interview? I was always warned to NOT wear scrubs to nursing interviews, but to dress in nice street clothes. If you do wear scrubs, there is nothing "tacky" about white nursing shoes. They actually look quite professional.


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What color scrubs do they wear on the unit you are applying to?

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Specializes in Peds/outpatient FP,derm,allergy/private duty. Has 47 years experience.

It is unusual to be requested to dress in scrubs for an interview. I'd also go with a solid color, leaning toward the teal or purple and unless you look great in lighter colors or pastels I'd favor a neutral or darker solid. The important thing is that they fit well and are in a color you feel good in.

I agree with applewhitern about the white shoes. As long as they aren't worn out or scuffy, they aren't tacky. Good luck!


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If you're going to buy a new pair, I would buy whatever color they wear on the unit you are applying to.

klone, MSN, RN

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Specializes in OB-Gyn/Primary Care/Ambulatory Leadership. Has 17 years experience.

I assume by "share time" she will be shadowing someone on the floor, hence their request that she wear scrubs?

healthstar, BSN, RN

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When I interviewed for my first nursing job the manager told me to wear white scrubs because he want to see people as nurses when he interviews them! The nurse look :) . Personally , I would wear solid white scrubs because white is a common uniform :) no crazy colors, you don't want to be like the ( legally blonde ) :pp

RNperdiem, RN

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Has 14 years experience.

When you say "have to wear scrubs" do you mean that HR or your interviewer specifically requested that you wear scrubs?

If you truly have to wear them, could you wear something similar to what the nurses in the department in which you want to work?

Make sure whatever color you choose, they are pressed and your shoes spotless.

BSNbeauty, BSN, RN

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I was told scrubs is a must. My friend works at there and said the nurses where whatever scrubs they want. No set colors. I was thinking about all white but I get white dirty so quickly. I'm Gonna go with a nice neutral color. Thanks.


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Odd but if you must wear scrubs, I would probably go with solid navy blue with white shoes. I use either peri cleaner or acetone and some cotton balls to clean mine and they come out very clean =) hope that helps

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Meriwhen, ASN, BSN, MSN, RN

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Specializes in Psych ICU, addictions.

For the interview, I vote for solid, darker colored scrubs: your purple or teal sound nice as long as those colors aren't too electric. Otherwise, brown, royal blue or navy blue (my preference) are good choices. Don't sweat the white shoes: they're actually pretty common to see on the floor. Just make sure they are as clean as possible. Best of luck!


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Specializes in Trauma | Surgical ICU. Has 7 years experience.

If you must wear scrubs, wear scrubs that is ironed and clean. It's not much about the color but more about how you project yourself in scrubs.