Dressing for an interview is extremely important. It is the first thing the interviewer sees about you. Did she take the time to press her shirt, did she comb her hair, did she wear nice shoes?
I had three big interviews before I came to my decision. For the first interview, I wore something more flirty and fun. It was a more laid back hospital and not as high of pressure interview setting. I decided to do a tuxedo blouse, full midi skirt, and tan pointed toe heels. This outfit embodied my personality entirely. My favorite piece of clothing in the world is a midi dress or skirt. I felt confident, fun, and like myself for this interview.
My last two interviews were more formal. For them I wore the same shirt, blue tweed business pants, and the same tan heels. Again, I went with a bold colored bottom. Wearing the blue pant made me stand out. Everyone at the interviews were wearing black or navy blue. I was the only one in a color. Everyone said they wished they had worn what I did.
It is important to take note that all the positions I was interviewing for were pediatrics. I dressed catered to being a pediatrics nurse. Would I have worn blue pants for a hospice nurse position? No. Even an adult ICU position, I would have changed my outfit. The most important steps before deciding on your outfit are to know the hospital and dress to the position. After you have established that foundation, you can figure out ways to sprinkle your personality.
Lastly, I brought with me a simple leather purse and a California Pacific Medical Center (the hospital that I did my capstone at) tote to carry all my portfolios. If I could do anything differently, I would have used just one really nice leather bag to carry everything in.