Don’t forget about accessories

By Anahita Monga

Dress to success is an important piece of advice for everyone who enters a professional interview. But your outfit is never complete without the correct accessories. So what do you need the day of the interview? Confidence “It’s important to be confident and have strong expressions when you walk up to talk to us,” said Peter Overmann, director of software technology at Wolfram Research.Dress to success is an important piece of advice for everyone who enters a professional interview. But your outfit is never complete without the correct accessories. So what do you need the day of the interview?

Confidence

“It’s important to be confident and have strong expressions when you walk up to talk to us,” said Peter Overmann, director of software technology at Wolfram Research.

Briefcase/Bag

It is important always to be prepared. “You should carry a bag with you so you can keep papers and pen in it in case you need them to take notes, and it’s important to be ready for whatever they might have to throw at you,” said Savannah Insalaco, sophomore in LAS.

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    Where to buy: You can buy decent and professional leather bags from JC Penney for less than $50.

    Paperwork

    Damian Lay, assistant director at the University’s Career Center, said you should carry at least one copy of your resume. “Also if it is a job in the advertising or marketing sector, then it’s a good idea to carry samples of your past work in a portfolio or a folder,” Lay said. Business cards are a good idea as well, he added.

    Where to buy: You can buy professional folders from any of the bookstores on campus for about $2. If you are looking for something more formal, Borders bookstores also carry portfolios and folders for about $6.

    Dress Shoes

    An outfit cannot be complete without good shoes. “It is important to present yourself well, and if your outfit is good but the shoes are dirty, then your entire presentation of yourself looks bad whatsoever,” said Divey Gulati, senior in Engineering.

    Where to buy: Payless ShoeSource locations offer a large collection of shoes that range from $20 to $50.

    Personal Hygiene

    According to job-employment-guide.com, personal hygiene is essential to a strong first impression. Make sure your hair and nails are clean and trimmed; you have no bad breath, dandruff or body odor.