Sep 28, 2018 - 04:17 PM
You bring to a job interview several copies of your resume, carried in a professional-looking portfolio or briefcase (no ratty backpacks); a working pen (check beforehand); some paper or a notebook; a written list of questions; reference names with contact information (just in case they’re asked for); and a portfolio of your work, such as writing samples. If possible, tuck in a small bottle of water to drink in case your mouth gets overly dry (or if you’re working off a cough from a cold). Do not bring in a cup of coffee or snacks. And do not chew gum!
While waiting for the interview to start, read an industry publication or newspaper, or go over your responses to questions you’re expecting to be asked – don’t sit and play games on your phone. You are being observed from the moment you arrive and must display a professional image at all times. Try to arrive about 10-15 minutes early, and check your appearance in a nearby bathroom to ensure your hair and clothes are neat. If you’re wearing an overcoat, place it over your arm so that one hand is always free to offer a handshake to those you meet.
Aug 18, 2018 - 03:43 AM
Bring a few copies of your resume. Do not assume your interviewer will have access to the materials you emailed or submitted online. Plus, you may need extra copies if you end up meeting with several people. If you are interviewing for the sort of job where you would have a portfolio of previous projects, put together a sample of your best work to bring in. Organizing these materials in a professional-looking folder enhances your presentation.
The interview is often the point in the job application process where you supply references. Speak with prospective references before your interview to get them on board, then have their names and contact information ready to hand to the interviewer. This makes a better impression than saying you will follow up later via email.
Remember to prepare fully for your interview. If the company tells you to bring specific items when arranging for the interview, be sure to follow these instructions to the letter.