So you got selected for a job interview? Well, congratulations your hard work has paid off! You might think it’s time to celebrate but wait, not yet. You still have to prepare in acing your interview. Apart from knowing how to answer the interview questions and bringing your confidence, here is a checklist of the top ten things you should bring to your job interview:
10 Things to Bring to Job Interview
- Direction/Map. Do you know the exact location of the company? Go and search the company’s location in Google Map and print a copy for yourself. You can also try visiting the location before your big day so you will know your route and you can measure the traveling time.
- Identification card & social security card. Never forget an ID when you are going to an interview because most companies — especially big companies — have a strict No ID, no entry policy. On the other hand, you need your social security card in case you are asked to complete an application on the spot.
- Extra resume and cover letter copies. Hiring officers sometimes misplace resumes and cover letters (since there are lots of applicants applying for the position), but sometimes they are just testing how prepared the applicant is. This is why you should bring an extra copy of your resume and cover letter. Do not miss the chance to impress and prove to the hiring officer that you are the best person for the job. Always remember that simple things matter.
- Professional references sheet. Even though you are not required to bring your references on your first interview, bringing it with you will show the hiring manager that you have done your homework.
- Career portfolio / sample works. If you are applying as a graphic designer or a job that requires sample works, you should bring with you a career portfolio or a proof of your competence.
- Written questions and business card. Asking questions after your interview will show that you are really interested to get the job. It will also set you apart from the herd of applicants. Other thing that you should bring is your business card. Offer your business card and if you can, ask for the business card of the hiring manager so that you can follow-up for your candidacy.
- Phone. Bring your phone to the interview because you will need it in case you need to call the interviewer. Some applicants also store their directions in their mobile phone instead of printing a copy of the map. However, while waiting for the interview to begin, note that it is often considered unprofessional to text or call someone. If you are in the interview, turn it off or keep it in silent mode so that it will not interrupt your meeting.
- Pen and notepad. Bring with you a pen and a notepad so that you can take note of the name of the interviewer. In some instances, you might also want to take note of the requirements for the job.
- Folding umbrella. Bring with you a folding umbrella so you won’t get wet in case it rained on your way to the interview location.
- Grooming kit (comb, breath mint, small mirror, lint brush, tissue, etc.). Your grooming counts. If you still have time, go to the comfort room and do some retouch.
Other Things to Remember:
- Keep your accessories to a minimum. Wearing too much jewelry, makeup, perfume or cologne is considered unprofessional.
- Make sure you’re well-groomed when going to an interview. Check that your hair and nails are neat and clean and that your clothing is unwrinkled or ironed before leaving the house.