Really cool to hear this from a prof perspective. Thanks for easing my mind on the styling part; the main reason I'm into this, is that the more prestigious events mainly draw people from my age who benefit from old-boys-networks through their families for whom styling etc. is no issue at all. These guys probably have a fine choice of tailor-made suits in their closets. I don't want to look like a total misfit when I'm out there.
But in the end it should be all about substance - great to have confirmed by two distinct business school professors that in reality this also is the case. I think I'm doing really well on both the substance part. And I think my preparations are alright - I have a look at the latest annual reports to get an idea of company outlook and size, read requirements in job listings to see the required skillsets, read Glassdoor reviews on company culture.
Now that you two are in this thread, perhaps I can ask you a question. I'm not afraid to get my hands dirty - or in the finance field it would be ramming keys on a keyboard for 10hrs a day for mainly data entry following some pre-defined standard operating procedures. If that's the norm, and you just have to excel in 'production' before you're able to compete for more exciting functions, that's fine to me. I'll work like a machine for the outlook of a well-paying exciting job. However, do I mention that this is my attitude towards work, or is it better to just talk about the company?