After a discussion with a co-worker I'm keen to hear some opinions on this. Do you think taking a backpack (instead of a handbag or briefcase) to a job interview is unprofessional? If you were in the position of hiring a potential employee, would this affect your decision?
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11-05-2015 19:58 #1Senior Member
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Taking a backpack to a job interview?
11-05-2015 20:17 #2
If the candidate was well dressed apart from the backpack and ticked all the boxes for the role, I wouldn't hold it against them!
I would probably wonder why they bought it and what was in it, just out of curiosity.
11-05-2015 20:35 #3Senior Member
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I think its fine. Maybe they have a long commute and keep their runners/ comfortable shoes in the backpack to change into?
So long as they were dressed appropriately.
11-05-2015 20:46 #4
My dh always uses a backpack. Habit from using lots of public transport I think.
Also I know lots of people at work who cycle to work so they use backpacks.
Eta: as long as they were professionally presented otherwise the choice of bag wouldn't bother me.
11-05-2015 20:49 #5
when I live there are soooooo many cyclists and they all carry back packs when riding to work so if I even noticed I'd probably assume that. I wouldn't think it was unprofessional, especially if they were well presented for the interview.
11-05-2015 21:07 #6
My husband went to a job interview in trackies today (not even joking!!!!!) we were away and the guy called unexpectedly. He said doesn't matter as long as you are what the piece paper says you are.
Which is what I think is true. Interviews are bull work experience & probation are true colours
11-05-2015 21:16 #7
Yeah it might actually, depending on the backpack. There are plenty of plain, understated leather satchels and the like that would be far more appropriate for work/an interview. If it was like a backpacker's or student's backpack I wouldn't be terribly impressed. There are honestly so many other options that look more professional.
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12-05-2015 14:41 #8
A clean looking small back pack wouldn't worry me.
Someone not dressed appropriately or dirty would be a giant turn off for me.
12-05-2015 15:25 #9
I've interviewed dozens of people. I couldn't tell you whether any of them brought handbags, backpacks or suitcases. I pay attention to general grooming and manner first up. Whether they've been hired has been dependent on their interview. This was in a corporate environment.
12-05-2015 15:46 #10
If DH is getting the train he always takes a backpack with his shoes and paperwork in as he cant walk far in his interview shoes!
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