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    Dress Attire - Charles University - 1st Faculty Exam/Interview - Smart Casual ?

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    I have an exam/interview this Wednesday at the 1st Faculty of Charles University in Prague.

    Is it ok to wear smart casual attire or should I purchase more formal clothes?

    What I have: (Smart casual):
    - Short-sleeve button up collared shirt
    - Cargo colored long pants
    - Colorado blue shoes
    - GV jacket (hand made in Italy)

    Normally I would wear a long black pants & black shoes & long sleeve shirt. Should I go out and purchase this?

    My understanding is that your acceptance is primarily based on the entrance exam and the interview is more of a formality. Hence dress doesn't matter so much?

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    You would be absolutely foolish not to wear appropriate business attire to a medical school interview. ANY medical school interview. This is important regardless of how good your scores are.

    For men, this includes a two- or three-button suit (yes, with jacket), collared shirt (white or solid light color is best), professional necktie (i.e. not one with a Daffy Duck montage), and appropriate socks and shoes. For women, this includes a professional dress or pantsuit that doesn't show too much leg or cleavage, and appropriate stockings and footwear.

    Don't screw up your interview by showing up for an interview looking like you don't take medicine seriously. I have (quite literally) seen admissions committees dismiss candidates after an interview because they made a stupid fashion choice and wore something unprofessional. If you don't already have a suit, this is a perfect time to get one, because you will need it in the future as a medical student and physician, anyway.

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    What if...

    What if he can't afford a suit?

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    Go to a second hand store. Take out a loan. Borrow one from a friend or family member. Whatever it takes.

    This is your one and only chance to make that first impression with the admissions committee, and you need to make it count.

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    (This also applies for when you interview for the Match, obviously. No matter how good your CV is, don't think that a professional appearance doesn't matter.)

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    Well

    I guess Europe is as secretly implied, a place in which more formality is required.
    Where I come from, only a white buttoned shirt, plus a tie and nice impressive pants with appropriate shoes, would suffice to win a girl's heart..
    Anyways, will take your suggestion in count when will need so, thanks.

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    thanks for feedback

    Thanks for the feedback guys/gals

    I already have all the formal gear I require but stupidly left it in my home country.

    On Tuesday I will go shopping and buy some gear.

    If you have any suggestions of a store to visit in Prague, please let me know.

    Cheers

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    This isn't about getting chicks... it's about medical school. Different situation. In the right situation, you can win a girl's heart (or at least a portion of her evening) while wearing ripped up jeans and a tee shirt. Or a sarong. Or a Speedo. Or a tuxedo. However, that has nothing to do with a medical school interview.

    In the States or Europe, you would be making a terrible mistake to attend a medical school interview without a suit. It's simply unprofessional.

    Good luck when the time comes!

    Quote Originally Posted by AnonyMusius View Post
    I guess Europe is as secretly implied, a place in which more formality is required.
    Where I come from, only a white buttoned shirt, plus a tie and nice impressive pants with appropriate shoes, would suffice to win a girl's heart..
    Anyways, will take your suggestion in count when will need so, thanks.

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    Yes, but... don't be surprised if you feel overdressed. Prague is the most advanced Eastern Euro city, but is still EE and many of your fellow students are going to be around 18 years old and hardly know how to tie their own shoes, let alone be able to tie a tie. Better to be overdressed than under dressed though
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    Previous interviewee experience?

    So can we hear from someone who has actually been to an interview at Charles Uni?

    Were prospective students wearing suits or not?

    Surely there must be some of them on the forum!

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