After applying to countless job postings, you have a callback for an interview.
What documents do you need for a job interview?
There are several key items, such as a resume and business cards, that you should take with you. Don’t forget to bring these nine things to your next interview.
1. Resume Copies
It’s always a good idea to bring spare copies of your resume to an interview. Having a copy of your resume in front of you can jog your memory while you’re answering questions. The interviewer may also expect you to bring copies for the panel of interviewers. Having extra copies on hand makes you appear prepared and organized.
2. A Notepad and Pen
Bringing a notepad and pen to an interview is a smart choice as you may need to jot down names, company information, and questions that come up during the interview. You’ll appear organized when your interviewer sees your pen and paper ready on the table. It makes you stand out as a candidate, and it shows you’ve thought ahead.
One of the most common mistakes candidates make is not asking the hiring manager questions at the end of the interview. This can make you appear uninterested in the role and company. Bring a list of questions with you so you don’t forget to ask them.
4. A Portfolio
Portfolios are important in creative industries, such as journalism or advertising, where bringing a sample of your work allows your interviewer to dive deeper into what you do. Bring a collection of curated pieces to your job interview to remind the interviewer of your expertise, packaging the items in a neat and easily accessible briefcase.
At the end of a great interview, your interviewer may ask you for references on the spot. Prepare a list ahead of time, which highlights names, titles, companies, and contact information. As a courtesy, be sure to contact your references a few days before your interview to give them the heads up.
6. Business Cards
Create personal business cards for the interview. You don’t want to bring cards from your current place of employment. Keep the layout simple, adding your name, contact information, and role. Handing one to your interviewer leaves behind a physical reminder of your presence.
7. Talking Points
A job interview is nerve-wracking, and it can be hard to remember everything you want to say. Create a list of your accomplishments and skills from previous employment that you can refer to during the interview. Position yourself as an expert in the field with story reminders showcasing your great work and past achievements.
8. A Professional Wardrobe
Dress for the job you want. This is the first time your interviewer is meeting you, and your outfit will be remembered after you leave. Research the business ahead of time to get an idea of their company culture. Now is not the time to be creative with your wardrobe. Wear a sharp and pressed outfit that leaves you looking like your most confident self.
Now that you’re packed for the interview, make sure you know how to get there. Plan to arrive earlier than scheduled, accounting for traffic, road closures, and unexpected transit delays. Study your route ahead of time so you know exactly where you’re headed.
With these documents and the job seeker’s ultimate interview preparation guide, you’ll be ready for the big day.