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The perfect handbag for every type of job interview

Make a strong first impression.

By Glamour Magazine Mar 20, 2013 3:19PM
by Fawnia Soo Hoo

Oh, yes, it's that time of the year again. And no, I don't mean spring break; I'm talking interview season. Whether you're gunning for that coveted internship or dream job, make sure you're armed with a solid resume, a professional-looking outfit, killer self-confidence, and — of course — the right handbag. Photos: Getty Images

Seriously, your favorite accessory can make a strong first impression, so you want to pick the right one. Let's look to these celebrities for interview-perfect handbag inspiration, broken down by industry.

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Finance/Law/Any Place You Need to Wear a Suit: We know that Katie Holmes has a stellar handbag collection (ahem, lots of Birkins), but this understated but luxe black bag really means business. It's roomy enough for that laptop, with extra pockets to stash important files and dossiers.

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Public Relations/Event Planning: Despite what the reality shows may tell you, these jobs are really hard work and require serious attention to detail (and maaaah-jor people skills). Which is why something like Naomi Watts' Louis Vuitton Alma in a minty green is so perf. It has the potential to fit a laptop, plus whatever samples and swatches you'd need to present to clients, and the pastel hue is aesthetically appealing but not distracting.Photos: Getty Images


Fashion: Quite possibly the only industry in which something like Reese Witherspoon’s hot pink Proenza Schouler PS1 bag would garner an approving eye from your interviewer. Of course, you need to know your stuff to back up that first positive impression!Photo: Getty Images


Tech: In the land where hoodies are the new power suit, don't be too over-the-top with your accessories — but don't forget that creativity and innovation are important skills to show off too. So a style like Kate Beckinsale's ripped-from-the-fall-2013-runway Burberry Prorsum is so ideal. It's functional but shows you have imagination too.

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Medical/Health Care-Related: My doctor cousin prefers to err on the side of classic and conservative for her fellowship and job interviews. So I'm thinking that a style similar to Miranda Kerr’s Givenchy Antigona satchel would send the right message — especially since it kinda looks like an old-time-y doctor's bag!

Which celeb's handbag do you like best? What kind do you like to carry on interviews? Tell us in the comments!

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Mar 23, 2013 1:36AM
this is what happens when teenagers take over the work place . What a silly topic to talk about. I worked in a office setting the only place my bag was under the table next to where i worked at or locked in the locker .  they only cared when i will get done filling the papers because more in the next hour will be coming and my boss   laughed asking are you having any fun. And i knew if i could not keep up they can easy find some on that can and i will no longer have job there. 
Mar 22, 2013 8:52PM

Birken, Burberry?  What working women do you know can afford those?

Mar 22, 2013 6:21PM
Dress for success. If you want a good paying position and respect in the workplace, you need to dress professional. Brand in not important whatsoever, but being refined and polished speaks volume and will launch you to a fast track for your career. However, performance and attitude must baalso be there.
Mar 22, 2013 5:00PM

In response to (Unordinary Woman) I really hate to burst your bubble but long past are the days when job candidates were judged solely on their skill and years in the profession.

I have worked at three such companies where a candidate was judged on every aspect of her attire and appearance and skill set and professional years of experience came in dead last. As one of so ex-coworkers said one day not caring that anyone and all could hear,

"She's my work wife I am not about to have to look at and work with a toad faced troll or someone old enough to be my Mother." Sexist...yes, unprofessional....yes, discriminatory...absolutely.....but sadly a reality and you can't change reality and hiring practices unless you can prove it, and I assure you this is happening way more than anyone wants to believe.  

Mar 22, 2013 2:19PM
These women are all wearing hooker shoes.

Mar 22, 2013 1:23PM
A woman's handbag is just about the last thing I would consider if she was interviewing for a job with me - unless it was a huge, pricey fashion statement.  Then I would think that fashion was the first thing on her mind and that she would not be a good fit for our hard working, customer service oriented university division.  Handbags get stuffed in desk drawers here, never to be seen until quitting time.
I agree... WTF.  I suppose that this is one way to earn a living but seriously?  Journalism has hit an all-time low if writers are forced to produce articles such as this.  As an HR Manager with years of experience, I give you my word that my peers and myself do not hire people based on the fact that they carry a $1000.00+ handbag.  In fact, it just says that this applicant most likely doesn't need the job or at the least, really likes to show off.  And shame on you Ms. Author, for forgetting everything you learned in school.  For a professional piece, it's perfect instead of perf.  That really made this piece nothing but "fluff" and not something to be taken seriously.
Mar 22, 2013 10:12AM
wtf...you are all fired...leave the luggage at home.
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