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    Residency Interview Fashion Tips

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    Hello All!

    I noticed that while on every interview I was on last year, I have encountered numerous guys that were committing common fashion mistakes. I am posting this in hopes of ending these mistakes. Enjoy!

    1) Please, for the love of all that is good, open up all the stitches in the pockets of your suit jacket, including the X stitch that holds the back flap of your jacket closed. There was atleast 1 guy on every interview that had his pockets still closed and the white thread holding the back vents closed. Stop it. You're doctors. Look like one.

    2) Don't you dare wear a ventless suit. Center vents are okay, but side vents are best.

    3) White shirt, dark tie. Light blue shirt, dark tie. Nothing else. Don't wear a light blue shirt with a dark blue tie. It's not cute.

    4) Navy or black suits. Nothing else. No bold stripes. Open the pockets and vents.

    5) Please, do not show up with beat up shoes that you've been wearing since 1994. It's not cool. Yeah yeah, I know someone on here will cry about money. I suggest cap-toe shoes. Very classic. Payless has a pair for about $40. If you're loaded, get a pair of ***** Edmonds Park Avenue

    6) When you acquire a suit, or you find one hiding in the back of your closet, make sure it fits. There is nothing worse than baggy suit on a guy. Take it to a reputable tailor in your area (Tip: the older the tailor, the better!) Tell him you want a close fitting silhouette. It's relatively cheap to get your suit fixed.

    7) Dandruff shampoo during the entire season.

    8) Soap and water is cheap. Use it.

    9) Get a haircut 1 week prior to your interview. No sooner or later! This way, your hair has time to grow a bit and your hair will be at it's best.

    10) Socks to match your suit.

    11) Pocket squares, tie clips and french cuffs are for advanced users only!!!!

    12) If you want a great fitting shirt, go to this site: tailorstore (dot) com You can make a custom shirt. It gives you printable instructions to measure yourself or have someone measure you. You choose whatever you want! My suggestions are: Normal fit, long sleeve, business collar, single button cuff. It takes 4 weeks to get your shirt.

    13) No jewelry except a watch and a wedding ring (if married).

    14) Have your pants cuff properly hemmed. No more than one fold. No baggy legs either.

    15) Lint Roller! Always travel with one. Make sure you go over your suit with one the morning of!

    16) Cologne on your chest, not your clothing.

    17) Nails trimmed and skin moisturised.

    18) Don't smoke prior to the interview. You will smell horrible.

    19) Crest 3D White Advanced toothpaste forever! It really whitens your teeth in 2 weeks. It's about $4 or less a tube. Best investment ever! Don't forget to floss!!!

    20) This isn't a fashion tip, but it will help you: If English is not your first language, practice with someone who speak English well, this way you can speak clearly on the interview.

    21) Iron your shirt prior to the interview. If you don't know how, learn! Get your suit pressed also. You don't need wrinkles!

    Anyway, that's all I got for now. Good luck everyone!
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    great post, though i disagree about a few things
    1 - the shirt/tie comments. nothing wrong with a navy tie with a navy suit, paired with a white, gray or light blue shirt
    2 - jewelry with regards to religious affiliation is ok, just not to the point of classlessness (rosary/crucifix etc on the outside of shirt etc)
    3 - break should only be a HALF in pants IMO
    4 - no pleated pants! it's 2011, and pleats only make you look old/heavy/sloppy
    5 - you don't have to go online to find a properly tailored shirt. buy one at a dept store or online, then go to the nearest dry cleaner and ask them for tailoring services. usually getting a shirt fitted won't be more than $15 and they can make a $20 shirt look like a $200 one
    6 - deodorant.
    7 - NO GUM
    8 - be careful with teeth whitening. it can make you look absolutely ridiculous. a better call imo would be a professional cleaning from a dentist (should be 40-90$) then brushing and flossing 2x a day for upkeep. be careful with coffee as it can stain the teeth
    9 - dress socks only! no white socks! i actually try to match my socks and my dress shirt, but if you are sporting white try to find a neutral color or match your suit
    10 - be confident! it's an interview both ways, you need to see if you fit in with them also. keep the posture straight, look people in the eye, shake hands hard and smile and relax!
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    but remember that, even when those who move you be kings or men of power, your soul is in your keeping alone. When you stand before God you cannot say "but I was told by others to do thus" or that "virtue was not convenient at the time." This will not suffice. Remember that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AmericanIMG View Post
    great post, though i disagree about a few things
    1 - the shirt/tie comments. nothing wrong with a navy tie with a navy suit, paired with a white, gray or light blue shirt
    2 - jewelry with regards to religious affiliation is ok, just not to the point of classlessness (rosary/crucifix etc on the outside of shirt etc)
    3 - break should only be a HALF in pants IMO
    4 - no pleated pants! it's 2011, and pleats only make you look old/heavy/sloppy
    5 - you don't have to go online to find a properly tailored shirt. buy one at a dept store or online, then go to the nearest dry cleaner and ask them for tailoring services. usually getting a shirt fitted won't be more than $15 and they can make a $20 shirt look like a $200 one
    6 - deodorant.
    7 - NO GUM
    8 - be careful with teeth whitening. it can make you look absolutely ridiculous. a better call imo would be a professional cleaning from a dentist (should be 40-90$) then brushing and flossing 2x a day for upkeep. be careful with coffee as it can stain the teeth
    9 - dress socks only! no white socks! i actually try to match my socks and my dress shirt, but if you are sporting white try to find a neutral color or match your suit
    10 - be confident! it's an interview both ways, you need to see if you fit in with them also. keep the posture straight, look people in the eye, shake hands hard and smile and relax!
    I do agree with some of your suggestions. No pleats for sure! You can probably get a great deal on Groupon for a local dentist to whiten you teeth. Flossing is very important. Gum is a no-no. Taking your shirt to a local tailor is pretty good idea, but make sure you ask for recommendations from family and friends. If you want to splurge on a fancy shirt, you can go for one online.

    Pants breaks are up to the user. Half a break is a damn good suggestion. If you want to be real classy, get cuffed pant bottoms. That usually works better with thicker suit materials like 100% wool or the heavier blends.

    One thing I forgot to mention is body hair. Trim your chest so your hair isnt fighting to come out. Sweaters should be bought, not grown. Also, if you have a unibrow or eyebrows as high as Humpty Dumpty's wall, get it fixed. It cost no more than 10 bucks and you will feel like a new man! While you're at it, get your hairline fixed too.

    Learn to shave properly. There are videos on Youtube that can teach you how to shave properly.

    Exercise!
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    This has got to be the dumbest post ever in the history of valuemd.

    Anyone going for interviews, wear what you're comfortable in and wear something that looks good and also smell decent. If you have no sense of fashion, just google how to dress for an interview. All this other garbage on here is pointless.

    You are not going to get a residency spot based solely on your appearance. As long as you look professional, your statsand what you say in the interview will matter more. I think needing to go to a tailor and all that other crap is awful advice. Wear a decent fitting shirt but it doesn't have to be tailored.

    Whoever posted on here seems like they want everyone interviewing on america's next top model.

    When getting dressed for an interview, just ask yourself or ask a colleague, if you were interviewing yourself would you deduct marks for your appearance. I don't think you'll get any extra points if you look spectacular compared to person B who dressed professional but didn't go for the whole Tyra Banks makeover.

    And don't get me started on the getting your eyebrows done...just be yourself. Don't give in to what these people expect to be "beautiful". To the original poster, shame on you for making people think they need to pay all that extra money for a new suit, tailoring, shirts, eyebrows, etc. If you're a girl, i feel sorry for your boyfriend/husband. If you're single, that post explains why. If you're a dude....i'm not even going to comment.

    And if you're thinking what does this guy know, i've worked at Google, a hedge fund company looking into biotech stocks, and did modeling when i was younger. Anyone else want to compare CVs?
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    oh the guy who was a model is telling people not to worry about their appearance??? lol

    knowing how to dress is a underrated sign of professionalism. looking unkempt and sloppy can make you stand out in an interviewers eyes for the wrong reason.

    as for listening to the advice of someone know REALLY knows something (as I will happily attest I am not an expert, no matter that I have worked for some amazing companies that I won't name drop), read Iserson's guide to getting into a residency and you will see a nice little section on appearances during interview season.
    but remember that, even when those who move you be kings or men of power, your soul is in your keeping alone. When you stand before God you cannot say "but I was told by others to do thus" or that "virtue was not convenient at the time." This will not suffice. Remember that.

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    exactly....i know how shallow it is to worry about appearances.

    Nowhere did I say look sloppy or unkempt. I said look decent but don't go to extremes of what these people posted on here. You'll look stupid coming into an interview with your eyebrows done if you're a guy.

    and name dropping is the name of the game buddy..if you don't know that by now you're going to have a tough time moving up the administrative ladder. Anytime you send out a resume with your previous work experiences, anytime you get that allstar chairman to write you an LOR you are name dropping. Honestly, if you walk into an interview looking like a pretty boy and your board scores are subpar, i'd be thinking maybe this guy should spend more time studying and not on his appearance.

    Look professional, look decent, but please for the love of god don't go for the GQ/Vogue look the OP wants.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Can2carib View Post
    This has got to be the dumbest post ever in the history of valuemd.

    Anyone going for interviews, wear what you're comfortable in and wear something that looks good and also smell decent. If you have no sense of fashion, just google how to dress for an interview. All this other garbage on here is pointless.

    You are not going to get a residency spot based solely on your appearance. As long as you look professional, your statsand what you say in the interview will matter more. I think needing to go to a tailor and all that other crap is awful advice. Wear a decent fitting shirt but it doesn't have to be tailored.

    Whoever posted on here seems like they want everyone interviewing on america's next top model.

    When getting dressed for an interview, just ask yourself or ask a colleague, if you were interviewing yourself would you deduct marks for your appearance. I don't think you'll get any extra points if you look spectacular compared to person B who dressed professional but didn't go for the whole Tyra Banks makeover.

    And don't get me started on the getting your eyebrows done...just be yourself. Don't give in to what these people expect to be "beautiful". To the original poster, shame on you for making people think they need to pay all that extra money for a new suit, tailoring, shirts, eyebrows, etc. If you're a girl, i feel sorry for your boyfriend/husband. If you're single, that post explains why. If you're a dude....i'm not even going to comment.

    And if you're thinking what does this guy know, i've worked at Google, a hedge fund company looking into biotech stocks, and did modeling when i was younger. Anyone else want to compare CVs?
    and it would be a dumb thread if people didn't show up to residency interviews in green cordaroy pants (true story)...

    while the manscaping may be a bit much, 1st impressions on an interview are made within the 1st 40 seconds....looking professional is important...and remember many of those going out to interview for residency spots have never had to dress professional in their lives...from relaxed dress codes in high school and college to never having a real job to dress up in some people really have no idea...really.

    and MY creds....i was part of resident selection when i was a resident and interview med school applicants....its AMAZING what you will see during the interview season.
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    Quote Originally Posted by rokshana View Post
    and it would be a dumb thread if people didn't show up to residency interviews in green cordaroy pants (true story)...

    while the manscaping may be a bit much, 1st impressions on an interview are made within the 1st 40 seconds....looking professional is important...and remember many of those going out to interview for residency spots have never had to dress professional in their lives...from relaxed dress codes in high school and college to never having a real job to dress up in some people really have no idea...really.

    and MY creds....i was part of resident selection when i was a resident and interview med school applicants....its AMAZING what you will see during the interview season.
    great post rok. i'm guessing that the ex-businessman hasn't seen what some of our colleagues have been wearing out there.
    no lie, when i was finishing up my 4th year we would have meetings/presentations with just medical students and faculty/admin personnel present...and i was the only student who wore a suit to those meetings. people would show up in jeans/hoodies, wearing flipflops, shorts, etc etc. it was unbelievable. and these meetings were held in one of the hospitals in a conference room.
    but remember that, even when those who move you be kings or men of power, your soul is in your keeping alone. When you stand before God you cannot say "but I was told by others to do thus" or that "virtue was not convenient at the time." This will not suffice. Remember that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Can2carib View Post
    don't go for the GQ/Vogue look the OP wants.
    how is
    - dandruff shampoo
    - proper fitting suits
    - properly opened suits
    - no smoking
    - ironing your shirt
    - proper fitting shirts
    - shaving/manscaping
    - no baggy pants/extra cuffs
    considered "GQ or Vogue"?

    you ALMOST make me think you want people to come looking not their best on a residency interview that will last 1-2 days along with other people alongside them so that they will stand out for the wrong reasons...but maybe that just me being paranoid
    but remember that, even when those who move you be kings or men of power, your soul is in your keeping alone. When you stand before God you cannot say "but I was told by others to do thus" or that "virtue was not convenient at the time." This will not suffice. Remember that.

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    Along the lines of manscaping...

    For all you nail biters out there (I am including myself in this category), file and buff the tops of you nails the night before. Yes you will have freakishly short nails, but shaking a hand with broken/dirty nails is gross.

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