10 Things Candidates Need To Bring On A Job Interview

Ever wonder what to bring on a job interview? There’s a lot more than you think! Here are 10 things you should have with you:

  1. Several hard copies of your resume. You never know how many people you will be meeting. Also, many hiring managers forget to print out your resume in advance, so it’s a plus to have a copy at hand.
  2. Plain, professional notebook. You may find yourself needing to take notes. If so, you want a nice, clean notebook.
  3. Professional image. When dressing for an interview, make sure that your hair, makeup, jewelry, attire and shoes send the right message. Stay clear of anything that is outdated, or over the top. Keep the colors in check. The focus should be on you and what you have to say, not what you’re wearing.
  4. List of questions to ask the employer. Do your homework on the company and come up with at least half a dozen questions you can ask that relate to their business and plans for growth and profitability. The questions you ask will show just how focused you are on adding value to the organization.
  5. List of references. If the interviewer asks you for your references, that means they are interested in moving you along in the process. You want to be able to provide those references on the spot. Type up the name and title of each individual, their relationship to you and their contact information. Having this available will show the employer that you are confident in your professional reputation and the information those references will share with them.
  6. Cell phone that is turned off. Do not answer your phone during an interview. In fact, turn it off. The fastest way to be eliminated in an interview is to use your phone. Nothing is more disrespectful of an employer’s time.
  7. The facts, and only the facts. It is very important that you not lie in an interview. If there are difficult moments from your past, you must be able to talk about them in a calm and objective manner. Employers will not call you back if they get any sense that you are withholding the truth. At the same time, be sure to keep your emotions in check. If you act too emotional or share your feelings towards former employers in a way that is anything other than professional, you will be eliminated.
  8. Examples of your work. This is particularly important if you are in a field that requires you to show design elements. You never know when an employer might want to actually see examples of the work you mentioned in the interview. You should only offer these when they ask for them. Once again, it shows preparedness.
  9. Your best eye contact and smile. Body language, facial expressions, eye contact, and hand gestures tell a lot about you in the early moments of the interview. Even if you aren’t the most expressive individual, solid eye contact and a genuine smile will convey the positive attitude hiring managers are looking for. Bringing a warm smile and looking into their eyes will help them see you are a good fit.
  10. Belief in yourself. You must have confidence in yourself and your abilities if you wish to prove to an employer you are the right candidate for the job. Be proud of your skills, and don’t be afraid to talk about yourself. You must sell an employer on the fact that you believe you can do this job better than anybody else.