Outfit? Check. Answers? Check. Checklist? Check…
Ok, so you may have all of the above covered, but figuring out what to bring with you on the day of your interview can often be left until last minute. But having the right things can be a great way to demonstrate your dedication to your employers, so it’s vital to get yourself organised in advance.
Here’s some things we suggest you bring along to your big interview…
1. COPIES OF YOU CV
Firstly, make sure you print out your CV.
Although some interviewers will bring a copy with them, having your own to hand out on request will show your prepared (and provide them with the information they need if they forgot to bring one)
Aim to bring out enough to accommodate for each interviewer, by checking how many people are going to be there in advance.
That way, each person will have your details to hand throughout the interview- whether it’s to refresh themselves on your skills and experience, inspire potential questions, or simply reinforce what you’re saying.
Not only is it helpful for the recruiter, having your CV nearby could remind you of any key-dates, numbers or percentages, if you draw a blank.
2. NOTEBOOK AND PEN
Bringing your own notebook and pen is a great way to show an employer that you’ve thought ahead!
After all, there are a variety of things that might need to be noted throughout the your interview- whether its important names, phone numbers, or even key details about the role.
Taking the time and effort to jot those details down will demonstrate that not only are you invested in the job (and you’re paying attention), you’re also going to refer back to it when the interview’s over- whether it’s to follow up or simply review how it went.
What’s more, having these items to hand can often improve your body language- by keeping excessive gesticulations, crossed arms or hand-to-face touching at bay.
Just make sure you always bring a back-up. No-one is going to be impressed if you run our of ink on the first word.
3. EXAMPLES OF YOUR WORK
Fact: employers love candidates who can prove their skills with real examples.
And what’s the best way to do that? Aside form backing up your abilities on your CV, you can bring examples of your work along to the interview.
Of course, this won’t work for every industry, but could be a essential requirement for those looking to work in the media, digital or creative industries in particular.
Possible example could include anything from you university dissertation, essays, or any other form of written prose (whether its a blog post, article, or story), to design, fashion, or architecture portfolios.
And if you’re looking to break into an industry with little work experience, providing examples of how you’ve gained the required skills and abilities outside of work can be a great way to stand out.
OK, so you’ve prepared your answers, but what about your questions?
Every interviewer will give you the opportunity to ask questions at the end of an interview, and the worst thing you can do is say nothing. So in case you draw a blank when the time comes, its vital to prepare a few in advance.
Sure, you might come up with a few throughout the interview (cue: pen and notepad) but relying on that alone is risky- especially if your interviewer is particularly thorough.
And isn’t that just a great way to gain more information on anything you maybe unsure of. Asking any questions also shows you cared enough about the role to prepare- and if you ask the right ones are the right fit for the company.
Go in with nothing, and you’ll likely to end your interview with an awkward silence…
Honourable mentions: an umbrella, directions, a bottle of water, written references, a smile/positive attitude (and various other clichés).