Hurricane said:First Aid for the Match says women should avoid purses. But it also said that women should wear skirt suits instead of pants suits, so screw 'em. I have this cool laptop bag that looks like a purse, and it has pockets to put folders and papers as well. I saw a resident with a similar bag when I interviewed on Monday.
I tend to agree. Searching for something in a bag tends to make you look flustered. If all you have on you is a portfolio, you can't help but look sophisticatedBob Loblaw said:Unless the bag is streamlined, black, and looks like a portfolio, I say just carry a portfolio. I have been on 7 interviews, and 75% of the girls only carried portfolios. (I'm a girl, by the way!) I think it looks way more professional, and you can fit your ID, keys and compact in it. I think that big clunky bags definitely interrupt the clean lines of a suit and can make a girl look more harried and high-maintenance.
Seems stupid, but I definitely think it's all in the details.
They have some here. I got my bag and some other stuff from this site, and was happy with them.robotsonic said:I'm going to use a portfolio. Unfortunately, I haven't bought one yet... anyone have suggestions on where to go?
More than 10 posts on this in a single day? From the other side of the interview desk, I don't know that I would notice. Maybe you are overthinking this?jennyklm said:This is for the women--do you recommend bringing a portfolio, purse, or both?
No.Poety said:BKN are you a female?
Thanks And I think some of us may not stressing about the purse vs portfolio thing as much as relishing the opportunity to buy a new accessory!BKN said:No.
Feel free to ignore me on this. I understand the pressure you all feel with this expensive, time consuming task for the next three months. I know you each want it to be perfect. The good news is that most of you will get exactly what you want.
I think if you show up dressed neatly, most interviews will go on to substance. Scrubs, blue jeans, love beads probably a bad idea (except in S.F.)