An in-person interview for a job can become a nightmare if you suddenly realize you have missed that you have not got some important documents or forgotten to get a pen. That slip up can become costly as you may end up losing that dream job. To prevent this from happening, it is best to prepare for the interview from the time the company contacts you for the job. The below checklist will ensure that you take everything that is needed to make a great first impression.
Multiple copies of Resumes: Most candidates fail to take a copy of their resumes to the interview thinking that they have already submitted it when they applied for the job and hence not necessary to carry it. But it is better to have a few copies in hand as you don’t know how many people you will meet and it is best not to assume that the interviewer will have your resume copy in hand while interviewing you.
Business cards: Though you may think that business cards are a little old school, it does not mean you should not carry a business card. Though your resume has all the personal details, it is still a good option to use a business card. Moreover, they can be carried easily and can be given to anyone who asks for one. Ensure that you put your online portfolio, your email, and phone number on the card.
Notepad, pen, and folder: Carry your resume in a folder, better to use a leather one than paper so that you can carry a notepad and a pen too. Take notes so that you can jot down important things and also show the interviewer that you are listening and engaged in the conversation.
Portfolios: Taking along work samples or portfolios is a necessity especially if you are looking for creative jobs in journalism, architecture, fashion, advertising, etc. Even if you are not interviewing for artists jobs, you can carry along performance review, ranking reports, emails recognizing your contributions, etc. Even good feedback from previous clients can work wonders for you.
References: Take a few references of a people who are professionally related and who can corroborate your job skills. Moreover, make sure that you give a heads-up to your references that the hiring manager will contact them. Print out the list of references along with their name, contact number, and designation.
Directions: Ensure that you reach the interview venue well on-time as late arrival creates a bad impression. Make sure to get the directions beforehand and work out the start time. Include delays due to unavoidable circumstances into your travel time and if you are driving find out where you need to park.
Make a list of questions to ask: Be prepared with a list of questions by conducting a thorough research on the company and its business. Sometimes coming up with a meaning question can be challenging if you don’t prepare a questionnaire well-ahead.
You now have everything ready for the interview, stay positive and have confidence in your abilities and ensure you have a good night’s sleep to ace that upcoming interview.