You’ve applied for a job, gotten a callback, and most likely passed a phone screen. This signifies the in-person interview is approaching. Take a moment to congratulate yourself at this point—you’ve put in a lot of effort and perseverance to get here. After you’ve mentally prepared and decided what to dress, the final step is to ensure you’ve brought the necessary supplies.
What should you bring to a job interview?
1. Several copies of your resume
Bring at least five copies of your resume. Keep them in a separate folder or professional folio where they won’t bend or wrinkle and where they’ll be easy to find.
2. A pen and some paper
Take notes on the questions your interviewees ask and the unexpected insights they share. You can use these remarks to follow up with a thank you email later on.
3. Prepare pre-written interview questions for your interviewers
Add at least two or three pre-written questions for your interviewers to have on hand when you put the resume copies and blank paper in your folder or folio. It’s a good idea to jot them down ahead of time in case your mind goes blank when asked, “Do you have any questions?”
4. A list of references
Your interviewers may not ask for a list of references, but it’s always a good idea to be prepared in case they do.
References should be persons who can speak to your professional qualities and achievements. If you don’t have much employment experience or can’t quickly identify people to serve as references, think about any groups or voluntary activities you’ve been a member of. Former professors or community leaders who can address your commitment and work ethic are also viable possibilities. Do not include family members and do not include pals.
6. A backpack, briefcase, or portfolio that neatly holds all of your belongings
Once you’ve determined what you’ll need to bring to the interview, you should plan how you’ll organise and transport them. The idea is to appear well-dressed and unburdened. Choose a professional-looking purse, briefcase, messenger bag, or portfolio that can hold everything. Backpacks are appropriate in some circumstances but not in others. Use your best judgement based on your company study and knowledge of their culture.