Purse / bag:
A business-like tote bag is ideal for interviews and other professional occasions. It can carry your padfolio, extra copies of your resume and any other papers you might need, and personal items can be concealed within. A structured tote that will stand up when you set it on the floor is preferable to one that flops over (and potentially spills its contents). If you also carry a purse, keep it small and simple (so that you are not carrying two large bags); you might place your smaller purse within your larger tote. Tote/purse color should coordinate with your overall attire; it does not have to match your shoes, but should not clash in style and color. Your tote/purse can be leather, faux leather, micro fiber or a fine woven material. Avoid purses that look like beach/pool totes, have bold prints, or are partyish or little-girlish.
may hold stereotypical views of scientists being loners, so
think about how you can demonstrate that you work successfully in teams, have
led activities and enjoy working with others (see ' From
geek to chic ' for more advice on overcoming stereotypes). You should also
be prepared for unskilled interviewers who are accomplished
scientists but have little experience in interviewing – for example, decide
in advance on three to five points you want to get across in the interview (see
the Expert' on interviewing for more).