What to Bring to an Interview
Can what you bring to your interview really make a difference? Professionals and experienced managers say, "Yes!" If you're prepared for anything (within reason, of course), you'll come across as a savvy business man or woman who is ready to take on the world.
So don't forget these items for your next big meeting:
Copies of Your Resume or CVIt can't be said enough times - always bring extra copies of your CV to the interview. Not only is it good for you to have one in your hand (which can help take your mind off having to memorise every accomplishment or date), but if your interviewer can't find his or her copy, you'll be able to supply one on the spot.
The Job Description or AdvertisementIf you sent your CV in response to a job posting, make sure you bring along the advertisement. This can be a helpful tool in answering the question, "Why do you want to work here?" because you can efficiently refer back to the original job advert:
"Well, when I saw that you were looking for someone with over eight years of experience who was a community leader, I knew I wanted to know more about the position and your corporation."
For special impact, highlight the "selling points" of the job posting for easy reference.
A Copy of the Company's Website MaterialsIt's always a good idea to peruse the web presence of any business you're considering as your next employer. While you're already on the web, make sure you print off a few pages from the site, such as the "About Us", "Contact Us", "History/Background", and "Mission Statement/Philosophy" sections.
Again, this shows that you did your homework and tells potential employers that you aren't just "bluffing" your way through the discussion.
A Notepad and Pencil or PenNever walk into an interview without something on which to write questions, comments, impressions, or answers. After all, you may want to remind yourself of something later.
Also, it's not out of the question that your interviewer will suggest you follow-up on your interview meeting by providing him or her additional materials substantiating your experience; how embarrassing if you forgot to follow-through on this request because you hadn't written it down.
A Portfolio of Your WorkThough you might not need it, bring along copies of any impressive work you've accomplished or press you received (such as a notation in the local paper.) This will provide measurable and observable data for your interviewer(s) to see; hence, he or she will realise that you are capable of excellent output.
Questions for the Interviewer(s)Before your interview, think of some questions that you'd like to know about the company, the position, or other elements of the job. Keep this list with you and check off the questions as they are answered. Then, at the end of the discussion, you will most likely have the opportunity to ask your remaining inquiries.
By making certain that you're ready to go, you'll be eliminating much of the stress of an interview as well as providing a great impression. Now, go out there and snag that next position with confidence!