By CK Tan
What should you bring to an interview? Should you come with little more than your carefully groomed and polished self? When deciding what to bring to a job interview, many people fail to prepare. They think that bringing things to an interview makes them appear over the top, but the opposite is actually true. If you don’t bring anything, an employer may feel like you have come unprepared.
You should never attend an interview empty handed. At the very least, you should bring a copy of your resume. If you are being interviewed by a team, bring a resume for everybody that will be attending the interview. References are also required. Do not wait for the interviewer to ask for these. Offer them. Avoid carrying a handful of loose leaf papers. Carry your documents in a professional file and briefcase.
If you hold a professional license, you should bring evidence of your license to your interview. Bring anything that proves that you are legally able to perform the job that you are applying for. Positions that may require a professional license includes nursing positions, cosmetology positions and teaching positions.
When deciding what to bring to a job interview, many people decide to put together a portfolio that highlights their qualifications. It is a proven fact that visual aids are effective, so why not use these to your advantage during a job interview? Before you throw together a portfolio, gather examples of your best work only. Remember; a portfolio is an aid and should not take up the bulk of the interview. If your portfolio contains digital information, bring a laptop or some other medium with you. Do not expect your interviewer to supply the equipment. Avoid carrying bulky objects as well. Do not overwhelm the interview room with all of your gear. Keep it simple and professional.
Never forget essentials when deciding what to bring to a job interview. Be prepared for anything. Extra copies of your resume, breath fresheners, an extra pair of panty hose, deodorant, safety pins and a change of clothes are all good ideas. Be prepared for anything. This will help you stay calm and in control no matter what happens the day of your interview. Being prepared will help you concentrate on what really matters, like all of those questions you will need to answer.
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