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    Hi everyone, Hope everything's going well. I have an interview for a clinical research asst. job for my year off soon. What should I wear? I was thinking shirt/tie/khakis and a brown blazer. Or do I have to be a baller and wear a suit? Thanks for the input.
     
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      I'd go w/ a sport coat and slacks. You'll look serious enough and you won't look too overboard. Since research isn't a interpersonnal job per se, lab people wear whatever they want when they work, normally bussiness casual at the dressy end.
       

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        When I applied for these jobs I initially went into interviews with a blazer, tie, and dress shirt, but I quickly downgraded to college prep: buttoned downed collard shirt, kakhis and a nice belt and shoes. I looked more like the people who worked there, but especially like the people interviewing me.
         

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          Go with what you are most comfortable in. A suit may project a more professional appearance, but if you feel more comfortable in shirt and tie, go with that. PI's are generally the only people you will see in suits. If you have to interact with patients (not a definate, even if it is clinical), you will not be required to wear a suit.
           

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            Originally posted by duncanfj
            Go with what you are most comfortable in. A suit may project a more professional appearance, but if you feel more comfortable in shirt and tie, go with that. PI's are generally the only people you will see in suits. If you have to interact with patients (not a definate, even if it is clinical), you will not be required to wear a suit.

            actually my friend does clinical research and his PI makes him wear a tie and all with a white coat. it creates trust between you and the patient and makes things much easier for the researcher.
             

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              It all depends on the lab. We have 5-7 clinical labs on my floor, none of the research staff have any contact with patients or wear anything other than jeans and t-shirts. Just because you work in clinical research does not mean you interact with patients. Sometimes that just means you handle specimens from patients. If someone is looking for patient contact, they should always make sure what kind of lab they are going into and what their work will entail.
               
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