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What should you bring on a job interview?

October 2, 2018

Interviewing for jobs can be a stressful time, which is why we’re here to make it a little easier for you. We already gave you part one for our interview prep – exactly what you should wear for the big day. If you didn’t get a chance to check out that post, you can find it here.

Part two of our interview prep is about what you should actually bring to the interview with you. You may think you have everything, but what’s better than a quick list to ensure you have it all together?

We’ve broken down our top items here:

  • Photo ID – why might you need this? There could very well be a doorman or security and you’ll need to show your proper identification to be let into the building. That sure would be disappointing to show up to your interview and not be allowed in!
  • Resume copies – You can’t assume that everyone you’re interviewing with will have your resume on hand. There’s a chance some of the people may not even seen it yet, so it’s always better to come prepared with a few copies.
  • Notepad/pen – You might want to take notes about important information about the job. It’s also important to write down the names of the people who interview you with (if they don’t have a business card to give you), that way you know exactly who to write thank you notes to.
  • Larger purse/briefcase – You’ll want to pick one place to store everything you’re bringing with you. Maybe you want to put all your papers in a folder and then put everything in a large fashionable purse or briefcase. This will make you look very organized! You don’t want to look disheveled coming into an interview with multiple bags.
  • Mints/water bottle – Say yes to keeping your breath smelling fresh! It also always helps to bring a bottle of water to keep on hand in case you get parched from all the chatting.
  • Questions – Interviewees love when people ask questions! If you get nervous easily, it might help to write out some talking points or questions to remember off the top of your head. Having these handy will show you’re really interested and invested in learning more about this opportunity.
  • Personal business cards – These are always great to hand out since they have all your contact information right in one place. If anyone needs to reach out to you, your handy business cards will have everything they need with your phone number and email address.
  • Portfolio/work samples – Depending on your personal preference, some people prefer digital portfolios while others like to have them electronically on a website. Either option works, but it’s a great way to show off all the awesome work you’re doing!
  • References – Hopefully you have a really successful interview and they want to reach out to your references. If you have their information listed on a nicely typed up piece of paper, you’ll be one step ahead of them game!

Feeling better about what you should bring with you? Us too 😊 Let us know if there’s anything else you usually bring on job interviews.

By: Courtney Moed

 

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