I've got a job interview coming up (more precisely; this is going to be a full assessment center day) and I was hoping you guys could give me some expert advice on the following;
1] Conference folder vs briefcase
I'm not sure whether to go in with a conference folder or with a briefcase? Aside from *possibly* an umbrella there's really nothing at all that I would want to take that wouldn't fit in a conference folder / padfolio. However I am wondering if it would be considered 'weird' walking in with just a conference folder and if so a briefcase would be better?
Here some extra thought for discussion originating from this thread:
Originally Posted by Jared
Originally Posted by sloaney
I find leather portfolios (especially those with the very large college seals in gold) to be extremely tacky because they tend to be cheap, low quality and pretentious at the same time. It is the equivalent of the American Jackass look for college candidates, if you will. A college student trying to play "grown up". The ONLY people you see at the office carrying these leather portfolios are college-level interviewees. I would suggest a discreet, dark colored paper folder (my preference) or a quiet leather briefcase.
Yeah, they struck me as a little pretentious, but they seemed to be the forum status quo, and with interviews one doesn't want one's accessories to stand out. I am looking to upgrade from the paper folder of my entry-level job days. I will be working in business-casual offices for the foreseeable future, so I only need a case to go with interview suits, but I'm willing to invest in a modestly-priced briefcase if it is the stylish choice. I assume "quiet" means black and soft, with a handle but no shoulder-strap. Where should one begin looking for a high-value model? For example, how are the cases of everyone's-favourite-shoe-maker Kenneth Cole?
2] if I can choose between a conference folder with zipper and one without zipper, would that be an easy choice?
3] Independent of your answer to Q2 above, which of the below conference folders would you deem a better choice?
Thanks in advance for any and all thoughts.
PS. FYI, this concerns a job in the financial industry.
Edited by Materialism - 10/3/13 at 1:56pm