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How to Dress for a Nursing Interview

Ashwini Kulkarni Sule
A professional look and attitude is a must when you are applying for a responsible job such as nursing. Know what are other things to consider while dressing for a nursing interview.
Nursing is the fastest growing medical field with a whopping growth rate of 15%. Currently, there are 3 million nurses in the US. By 2026, this field is expected to hire 438,100 new nursing graduates.
In case you are interested in a nursing job, now is the time to take the plunge. Although there is no dearth of nursing jobs and they are mostly in demand, leave no stone unturned when you show up for an interview. One of the important aspect of elevating your chances of giving a successful interview is dressing up appropriately for the required position.

What to Wear to a Nursing Interview

If you are an aspiring nursing candidate, then you must portray certain qualities which are a quintessential part of this profession. Nursing job is a responsible job, hence the candidates must exude professionalism through their attire.


The general rule is that you should dress better than what is required for your job profile. In this case, you will be wearing scrubs to work. Hence, you may wrongly assume that a pair of jeans and T-shirt is fine for an interview. However, note that nurses are professionals and are expected to dress like any other professional in a business environment.
Women should preferably wear dress pants, slacks, trousers or a knee length skirt for an interview. Stick to neutral colors such as black, navy, brown, beige, gray etc.
While you cannot go wrong with a crisp white collared button down shirt, you can experiment a 'little' with the fabric and color of your blouse. The pattern and style of the blouse should be kept very simple. You can also team a knee length skirt and blouse with a smart vest.
You may also throw a jacket or a blazer, if it's not too much for you. Wearing a business suit is another interesting option, in case you are applying for a large, reputed hospital.
Apart from the attire, also pay attention to other grooming details. Tie your hair in a bun, ponytail or any other updo. If you must keep it down, then make sure it stays away from your face. Wear minimal or no makeup. Jewelry should also be kept to bare minimum.
Do not flaunt your tattoos or piercings on an interview. Choose a decent pair of shoes such as loafers, pumps or closed toe shoes with kitten heels.
Avoid wearing anything that is too dressy. Although, it is a bonus to smell fresh and nice, use of strong perfumes, deodorants, colognes must be avoided. The facility you will be working in, would not allow for fragrances as they irritate ailing people.


Men can wear slacks, formal trousers and a full sleeved button down shirt with a tie. Although, there is no need to go for a business suit, you may consider a blazer for a more professional look.
Stick to neutral colors for your blazer and trousers. Pastel colors are considered appropriate for formal shirts. Invest in a decent pair of formal shoes such as Oxfords.
Pay attention to grooming. A neat and clean look is a must for men. Wash your hair, part them neatly. Make sure you trim your beard well. Wear a good quality belt which goes well with your shoes.
Overdressing is not recommended for a job such as nursing. However, under-dressing may kill your chances of getting shortlisted altogether. If possible, research upon the work culture of the facility you intend to join. This should give you a fair idea regarding what you are expected to wear for an interview.