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Accessories in interviews


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Jul 27, 2018
Hi all. This may be a dumb question but, should we avoid wearing things like fancy watches to interviews? The watch I have in question isnt so much flashy directly to the eye but it is a rolex, and i wouldn't want to be seen negatively if an interviewer happens to notice.


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Feb 29, 2016
I wouldn't wear a Rolex to a med school interview. You never know when you're going to interview with a pediatrician who makes $140k with a chip on his shoulder and an axe to grind because he couldn't afford the same one. Plus I would say that those types are overrepresented in the pool of interviewers compared to surgeons and other higher-paid physicians.

I think a nondescript watch is a good idea though. You should always know what time it is during your interview day, and people tend to be very sensitive about interviewees using their cell phones.
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If you think it’ll make you feel more confident and your watch isn’t too flashy, definitely do it. That being said, I’d start looking for the perfect suit once stores start opening up again if you haven’t already.
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Honestly it depends where you interview. If I interviewed in top XX, then I would. If I interviewed in a smaller rural school - not. It’s like with s wedding - you don’t want to look fancier than a bride. When I interviewed in more casual southern schools, my hair was curly (female), and I wore a colorful blouse with my very traditional skirt black suit. In the north-eastern schools I straightened my hair , wore pants , and my blouse was single color neutral . So go off the school and their culture. If I interviewed in Harvard or Mayo , for example , I would have worn the best , most professional suit, sleek straight hair, minimum makeup , expensive And minimalistic accessories (gold small earrings, expensive watch).


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I think SDN is a little conservative when it comes to interview attire. I saw a wide variety of interview outfits and didn’t think twice about it. In this case, if you do have an interview in person, I would recommend to not wear your Rolex. I did not wear my engagement ring and wedding band. I found it to be too flashy and could possibly send the wrong message. I think a Rolex falls under that category as well.
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I mean best case scenario, it doesn't hurt your chances, or you even might have a convo about the watch with your interviewer...

Now can you imagine how many things can go wrong? Like it or not, these people are judging the **** out you and that involves your attire, haircut, speech, etc. If you're wearing a nicer watch than the interviewer can afford, not a great look. On the other hand, if your watch makes you feel comfortable and you can interview without it, then wear it.
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