bag for job interview?


im just curious...i have an interview for a RN intern position in ED/Critical Care by next attire is ready..but i just want to know what kind of bag(where i can put my resume and other stuffs) to bring..i just thought that a briefcase is a OVER...

any input would help....:idea:


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My experience is from the software field, but I do have one or two thoughts that may help.

How much stuff do you really need for an interview? Copies of resumes, certainly, then certificates and/or cards, maybe note paper and a pen of your own so that you never have to borrow one.

Most of that fits in envelope(s) that you can carry in a suit jacket's inner pocket easily. No muss, no fuss and you're ready for a tour without lugging around luggage. If you really want to look more businessy then use a notepad cover or small portfolio.

The trick is to be nimble and prepared, you're right that a briefcase just doesn't cut it.

Specializes in Urgent Care NP, Emergency Nursing, Camp Nursing. Has 12 years experience.

Agreed - I have a leather folder from back in the day when I was under the delusion that I was pre-med, and I used that for the new-grad interview circuit. Resume copies, important documents, a pen, business cards (from other people, not yours), and a legal pad all fit in there nicely. Since we're guys, everything else fits in a pocket somewhere - and if it doesn't fit in either place, you won't need it.


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Specializes in LTC, FP office, Med/Surg, ICU, Dialysis. Has 20 years experience.

Manly briefcase is still acceptable. Not cool: shoulder bags.


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I'm looking for a cheap, thin, black, pleather suitcase. $30 budget. Wish me luck!

MrChicagoRN, RN

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Specializes in Leadership, Psych, HomeCare, Amb. Care. Has 30 years experience.

You don't want to be carrying stuff in your pockets...can look sloppy and ruin the drape of your clothing, making you look lumpy

A soft carry case or a zippered portfolio is fine. A business like shoulder bag can be fine if not neat.

Allow room for a brag book, commendation, letters, projects etc you may want to refer to in your interview.


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Specializes in Med./Surg. and paramed. exams.

How about a European shoulder bag.