How to Dress for an X-Ray Tech Interview

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Key Points

What Women Should Wear

What Men Should Wear

Before the Interview Tips

You know what they say about first impressions: “You never get a second chance to make a first impression.” That’s why it’s important to make it a good one. Listed below are some tips on how men and women should dress for an interview as an x-ray technician.

What Women Should Wear

Women applying for a job in the healthcare field in 2021 should dress for business with light makeup and neat hair.

Clothing: If the professional office sport formal business wear, then dress more business-like (blouse and skirt or tailored slacks). If the office is more informal than that, wear smart business casual. Make sure it fits appropriately, neither too loose nor too tight.

Shoes: For in-person interviews, make sure the shoes match the outfit in terms of formality. If the interview will include lots of walking, make sure you can comfortably stand and walk for any given amount of time in your shoes.

Accessories and Jewelry: Keep accessories and jewelry to a minimum, such as a nice watch or bracelet and a smallish pair of earrings.

Hair and Makeup: Go for light applications of neutral tones. Keep it simple. Keep your hair styled neatly, and if it is long enough, pull it back as you would in the course of your normal job duties.

Working Interview/Scrubs: If you are taking part in a working interview, you will likely be instructed to wear scrubs. Even here, your appearance matters. Choose professional (generally, no cartoon characters or fun patterns) scrubs that are in good condition. Wear your nice work shoes, and style your hair, jewelry, and makeup as you would for a day at work.

What Men Should Wear

Men applying for a job in the healthcare field in 2021 should dress for business with a suit or slacks and tie, be neatly groomed, and wear limited accessories.

Clothing: If the professional office sport formal business wear, then dress more business-like (suit and tie). If the office is more informal than that, wear smart business casual (slacks, button-down shirt, tie, and possibly a blazer). Make sure it fits appropriately, neither too loose nor too tight.

Accessories: Rarely should men wear any accessories other than a black or brown belt and a maximum of one ring per hand. Earrings are rarely considered business attire for men, so if you wear them, consider leaving them at home for the interview.

Hair: Whatever your style, make sure you take time to groom it well for the interview. Facial hair should be neat and trim.

Shoes: Stick to brown and black casual shoes, dress shoes, or hybrids depending on the formality of your outfit.

Working Interview/Scrubs: If you are taking part in a working interview, you will likely be instructed to wear scrubs. Even here, your appearance matters. Choose professional (generally, no cartoon characters or fun patterns) scrubs that are in good condition. Wear your nice work shoes.

Before the Interview

Don’t wait until the morning of your interview to get your outfit put together. Do it several days—even a week—in advance. When you do, here’s a checklist:

  • Physically try it on (make sure it fits well)
  • Press or dry-clean the outfit
  • Check shoes and accessories
  • Send a picture to a friend in the field and ask for input
  • Don’t wear perfumes or colognes

Dress for Success

We hope this guide for what to wear to an interview in 2021 helps you prepare for your interview. Now– go get ‘em!

Practice your interview skills.

By Leslie Radford

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