The Things You Should Take to a Job Interview

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Published: 12 Jul 2017      

So you’ve gotten through the application process and landed yourself an interview for a job. It’s a big moment and it comes with a lot of pressure. You’ll have a brief amount of time to sell yourself to a potential employer, so it is crucial that you come completely prepared to the interview.

But what does being prepared mean? We’ve covered all of the things that you need to do when it comes to answering questions and presenting yourself in previous articles. Here we are going to take a look at a few of the things that you should bring along to the interview.

Copies of Your CV

In most cases, you will find that your interviewers will have printed copies of your CV out beforehand so they have something to refer back to when they’re asking questions. Even so, it helps to have a few to hand, just in case.

Some interviewers will test you out early by not bringing a copy of your CV to the session. Having one available for them shows that you’re prepared for the situation. Of course, this may show you that the interviewer hasn’t prepared, so it’s a double-edged sword. The key point is that you should do what you can to make sure everyone in the room has all of the information they need about you in front of them.

A Notepad and Pen

You’ll probably receive a lot of information about the company you’ve applied for and the role you will play if you get the job during the interview. You don’t have to memorise all of this information straight away.

In fact, bringing a notepad and pen to jot a few things down shows that you’re taking the process as seriously as your interviewer. Remember that the interview process is there to help you determine if this is the job for you, as well as helping the employer figure out of you are the right candidate.

A Portfolio or Work Examples

We’ll preface this by saying that it is not always possible to bring physical examples of your work to an interview. It really depends on the position you’re interviewing for. However, if you do have a way to show off your work you should definitely bring it along.

This could be a published piece if you write or a portfolio of clients if you work in a creative field. For medical professionals, a published paper or two will do the trick. These examples serve to substantiate your claims and work as talking points for the interviewer.

Chewing Gum or Breath Mints

This comes down to that all-important first impression. Chomp on some chewing gum and eat a couple of breath mints before you enter the interview so you can feel fresh when you talk.

An important note. Make sure you dispose of whatever is in your mouth before you start the interview. Chomping away while you’re talking is not an attractive quality to an interviewer and may give a bad impression of your character and how seriously you’re taking the job.

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