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October 14, 2015

What to Wear to Pre-Interview Dinners

Now that we're getting into residency interview season, I'm hoping to share some more advice after going through the process last year! I'll be posting soon about the most common questions I got asked, interview attire, and hopefully travel tips (with the help of some of my classmates because I sucked at planning travel) , but today I'm sharing some ideas for what to wear to pre-interview dinners.


There's always something about not having a strict dress code that makes picking what to wear terrifying. If your invitation does have a dress code listed, then your job becomes a little easier. But sometimes they'll just say "business casual," or something even more vague. I always felt the interview dinner is a time for you as the interviewee to get a better idea of the program. Sort of like being a fly on the wall gathering more information without being noticed. Usually the dinners consist of just the residents (although sometimes faculty will be there), so it's a great time to get a vibe of how they interact with each other and how they feel about the program. When it comes to what to say and how to act, it really is best to be more on the quiet side (but still super friendly and approachable and not awkward), but stay away from being the life of the party! When it comes to what to wear, the same applies. Stick with looks that are classic but subdued - you don't want the entire room to be noticing what you're wearing, but when someone does look at you, you want to look effortlessly polished (which is of course impossible after your delayed flight and room that wasn't ready and your cab driver not being able to find the restaurant lol! You'll learn to roll with the punches).

These looks are just that (although even the pink/peach pants might be a little too loud - I'd probably go with blue or grey if you want something other than black). I almost always stuck with a pair of well-tailored ankle pants and flats paired with a simple top. For my interview in Michigan my top was a light sweater - in Miami it was a conservative sleeveless top (no spaghetti straps or racerbacks), just use your judgement! My favorite places to shop for interview clothes were Banana Republic and Ann Taylor - I could always depend on their styles and fits (scroll below for some amazing discount codes)! As far as a bag, some people like to carry around a lot and bring along their interview bag (I love love love this one, but this one is a fraction of the price!); I preferred just carrying my wristlet with my phone and ID/debit card/hotel room card, lip balm, and mints or gum!

Edit* I left out the men the first time around (sorry guys, I'm sure you need help too, honestly didn't know I had many male readers)! For the dinners most guys don't wear suits - dress pants and a button up shirt (with or without tie, I say it's always safer to bring one just in case) seemed to be the norm! Of course there will always be residents who show up to the dinner in jeans and a polo shirt but interviewees probably shouldn't try that! 

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Hope you guys found this post helpful and are getting excited for interviews!! As stressful and expensive of a time it is, it really is fun to travel all over and meet so many amazing people!

15 comments:

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  3. Our pediatrics program just started interviews last week...I'd say how "dressed up" you get probably depends on what kind of program you're applying to (IM, surgery etc.) and where in the country. As a peds program in california, we are pretty casual people so nice jeans and a sweater or top are perfectly acceptable. You don't want to be too flashy for sure.

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