Shoes for residency interview - is black necessary?

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  1. prs14

    prs14 Member

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    Hi all,

    Longtime lurker, new member here. I'm currently a medical student and will have residency interviews this fall, and am looking for opinions on shoes. I'll be wearing a charcoal suit. I currently have these from Kent Wang that I love:

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    but I understand that black is fairly traditional. My hesitation is that I've found that I almost never wear black shoes outside of interviews, and don't even have a good pair of lace up black shoes around so it would necessitate a new purchase. I'd much rather spend the money on other parts of my wardrobe that I'll use more consistently if I can get by. Would it be a huge faux pas to wear these to interviews assuming that the rest of my attire is fairly conservative? Thanks!
     


  2. VinnyMac

    VinnyMac Senior member

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    In real life, no one will care. Wear the brown shoes.
     


  3. hopkins_student

    hopkins_student Senior member

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    You'll be fine with those. For the most part for my residency interviews I wore a dark brown semi-brogue. I think I pulled out the double monk straps for a couple of interviews I cared less about.
     


  4. prs14

    prs14 Member

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    Great, thanks for the input!
     


  5. GBR

    GBR Senior member

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    No one will notice, wear them and concern yourself with the interview.
     


  6. xMaximex

    xMaximex Well-Known Member

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    Brown or black, these will be nicer than 99.9% of the candidates; as long as your suit doesn't stand out too much in a bad way (e.g. too slim fit). I don't have a lot of stylish colleagues and the only person who's clothes were noticed during residency interviews I attended were those wearing a polo or even a sweater instead of a shirt! Good luck!
     


  7. sportin_life

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    For residency interviews and interviews in the medical field in general, I don't think it matters as long as it isn't too odd. I had a female candidate wear one of those Chinese style robes once, which I remember. Besides that, I don't think anyone's suits or shoes have made a particular impression.

    One thing that usually does strike me though (I interview for fellowship positions), is that I would definitely go with a solid light blue or white shirt with a dark colored tie. I've had candidates wear all sorts of funky shirts like bright green, orange, etc. and at least to me, it looks really informal when people do that.
     


  8. prs14

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    The Chinese robe sounds pretty impressive! I did recently see a group of applicants for fellowship positions at my institution, and I have to say that they were all quite poorly dressed. Nothing quite so bad as a bright green or orange shirt, but not a one of them had a properly fitting suit and I saw far too many square-toed shoes for my liking. Maybe I'm overthinking the brown shoes...
     


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    apack Senior member

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    Yes, you are over-thinking. Wear what will make you feel confident, as long as it's not too outrageous. The shoes are good.
     


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    Valproate Senior member

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    What field are you going into? For most residencies, brown is fine. Just make sure your belt matches your shoes.
     


  11. anginaprinzmetal

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    ^ this, nobody will give a rat's ass about your shoes as long as you don't show up in sneakers or one of those horrid fake snake shinny monstrosities...

    In retrospect and after seating in the interviewee and interviewer chair more than once I can tell you that rarely if ever was the interviewee attire or bullshit answers to any of the bullshit questions of any consequence. By the time you made it to the interview they already like you on paper. They just want to get a feel for you, are you somebody they will like to work with for 3-5 years? are there any signs of a psychopathic personality that they might be able to catch before you match? etc.
     
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  12. SuitedDx

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    Dark brown straight tip looks fine. The cultural "rules" in the medical arena are not as strict as other fields. Good luck!
     


  13. irgendwas

    irgendwas Well-Known Member

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    I'm not sure if dark brown shoes look good with a charcoal suit.
     


  14. WiseMenOfGotham

    WiseMenOfGotham Well-Known Member

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    In my opinion, your current shoes are fine. For the interview, the panel is looking to see if you "fit" in with them and the program, similar to selecting a spouse or team mate. Wear a light blue or white shirt with a charcoal or navy suit. The tie should be simple and tone the accessories down. Your overall appearance should come off as neat and professional, where your personality should shine more than anything you have on (ex. Bright colored shirts, loud ties, pocket square, large tie bar/watch/cuff links, sleek double monk shoes, etc). For my interviews, I wore a navy 2 button suit with black shoes, white or light blue shirt with a navy grenadine tie. My only "accessory" was my vintage Omega dress watch. Best of luck.
     
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  15. prs14

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    I'm going to be wearing a two button charcoal suit, white or light blue barrel cuffed shirt, and either a navy, slate blue, or bitter chocolate grenadine or a yellow-on-burgundy pin dot tie.



    Thanks!


    I'm going to be applying in a surgical sub. Nice username.
     
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