Your resume may have gotten your foot in the door, but now it’s time to actually walk through the entrance of the office; it’s interview time.
If you have made it this far, you should know it’s a good idea to come prepared with multiple, professional copies of your resume. However, what else should you bring with to ensure you’ll be prepared and confident for the meeting ahead?
Here are a few essential items to consider bringing with you to your next interview opportunity:
Phones fail and GPS systems can be finicky. Plan ahead for potential technology freak-outs and print out directions to the interview site, as well as any important contact information. There’s nothing worse than being late when making a first impression, and new locations can be tricky to find, so be sure to have a backup plan in place for timely navigating your way to your appointment.
The Write Stuff
A writing pad, pen and/or pencil are great tools to have handy; you never know when you might need to make a note or jot down a reminder. Names, dates and other key information will be shared during the conversations you have today, so be ready to keep track!
Show and Tell
Words can only tell so much of your story. If you have any completed projects, writing examples or other portfolio pieces to share, now is a great time to bring these items to the table. Potential employers will get the chance to see your work firsthand, and put an image to your accomplishments.
Ask Me Anything
Researching the company is essential for building confidence before an interview. However, it’s equally beneficial in order to craft a list of questions for you to ask the interviewer. This is your chance to turn the tables and show your potential employer what you’ve learned. Try putting together a list of at least six questions that demonstrate your commitment to learning about the organization, and have them ready for the right moment.
The biggest factor in having a successful interview is you! Entering the office with confidence and a positive attitude can go a long way when meeting a new team in-person for the first time. Whether you have fifteen portfolio pieces or just a few copies of your resume, remember that, in the end, you are in control of your interview experience. Leave them with a positive lasting impression, and it won’t matter what you brought along with you.
Interviewing for a new job can be a stressful experience. Planning ahead for any potential headaches can help to keep you relaxed and ready. After printing out those resumes, take some time to prepare with a few of these additional items, and your next interview might just be your smoothest yet!
Is there anything else you wouldn’t leave the house without? Share your interview items below!