As you prepare for a job interview, many things go through your mind. How will I introduce myself? What questions will I be asked? Will I choke?
However, its also important to spend time setting out all the tangible items you’ll need to bring with you to the interview. With these seven items in hand, you’ll walk into every interview prepared and confident:
1. Directions and Contact Info
Print out directions to the location of your interview, especially if you’ve never been there before. The worst thing you can do is get lost, which will make you late, which will most likely make you lose the job. At the top of the page, write down the name and contact information of your interviewer. This way, if something does go wrong on your way to the interview, you can let them know.
2. Business Cards
As a job seeker, business cards are great for networking and interviewing. Your business card should include your name, email, phone number, and any other contact information you think is important. Give your card to your interviewer, or anyone else you talk to about the job. (If you need inspiration about what to include, I recently came across these cute ones from Moo!)
3. Notepad and Pen
It’s important to have paper and a pen handy to jot down notes like people to contact, addresses, or anything else mentioned in the interview that you want to remember later. When your interviewer provides you with information like this, you will look much more favorable if you’re prepared with your own supplies to write it down.
Print out a few copies of the most updated version of your resume. You can provide your interviewer with the new copy and let them know of any changes you’ve made since the version they originally viewed. You should also have extra copies in case you need to reference it during the interview – or if extra interviewers show up.
Bring an updated list of your references. Your interviewer may or may not ask for these, but again, it’s best to be over-prepared. The list should have at least three professional references, along with how they know you and how to contact them.
Depending on the kind of job you’re after, it might be valuable to bring a portfolio of your past work. This can be a folder, binder, or even a website shown on your tablet. Your portfolio should be organized in a way that makes it easy to reference during your interview.
At the end of every interview, you will be asked if you have any questions. Have a list of questions ready to go so you’re prepared. These questions can be about the rest of the hiring process, company culture, or something else. You want to have specific questions so your interviewer can see your true interest in the position.
It’s important not to forget the simple things because they might really make a difference on the day of your interview. Consider setting them out the night before. That way, you can focus on other issues… like how to explain that “greatest weakness” of yours.
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About the Author: Heather R. Huhman is a Glassdoor career and workplace expert, experienced hiring manager, and founder & president of Come Recommended, a content marketing and digital PR consultancy for job search and human resources technologies. She is also the instructor of Find Me A Job: How To Score A Job Before Your Friends, author of Lies, Damned Lies & Internships (2011) and #ENTRYLEVELtweet: Taking Your Career from Classroom to Cubicle (2010), and writes career and recruiting advice for numerous outlets. Follow Heather on Twitter!
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