Lets admit, job interviews are stressful because so many factors are out of your control. But there is one thing you can control that can make all the difference: How prepared you are! Career experts and hiring managers say to be fully prepared, you really only need to bring six things with you to the interview.
Here are the essentials they say you should show up with:
Don’t risk a technology malfunction by relying solely on your smartphone for directions. Whether you’re taking your own car or public transport be sure to know where your interview is taking place so you can plan getting there on time.
2. Copies of your CV
Although many hiring manager rely on more dynamic social-media templates, such as LinkedIn, many hiring managers still expect candidates to arrive with a few hard copies of their CV. If you happen to know the exact number of people you’ll be meeting with, bring at least one copy for each of them, and a few extra to be safe. Also note that you will need one for you to reference while you talk, and one copy for each interviewer, just in case they aren’t prepared.
3. Pen and Notepad
A number of career experts and hiring managers have emphasized the importance of bringing a pen and paper. Jotting down a few notes during the interview can come in handy as you write your post-interview thank you note later that day. (But remember to listen closely to the hiring manager, and don’t get distracted by your note-taking!
You’re not the only one in the hot seat on the big day. In nearly every interview you will have the chance to ask your own questions. Use this part of the interview to your advantage. Ask smart questions to impress the hiring manager and to figure out if this place is a perfect fit for you. The career experts recommend having a few written down ahead of time rather than having to come up with them on the spot. While questions may vary depending on the company you’re interviewing with, here are some impressive ones that will work in any situation:
a. How do you see this position evolving in the next three years?
b. What can I help to clarify that would make hiring me an easy decision?
c. How will the work I’ll be doing contribute to the organization’s mission?
5. Portfolio and Sample Work
Depending on the job you’re applying for, it is a good idea to bring samples of your work and be prepared to talk about it
6. A Positive Attitude
Most importantly, come with your A game! Confidence, a positive attitude, and a genuine interest in the role and the company will set you apart from the competition. When you and another candidate have comparable skill sets, the only thing that will set you apart is your passion.