What Should You Take to a Job Interview – What to Bring and What not to Bring
If you make it to the interview step, you’ve done an excellent job of putting together your resume. The interview needs the same type of consideration, to ensure you are the one the position is offered to. After all, this is your opportunity to show the employer why you are the best choice.
Let’s have a look at what is appropriate to bring to your job interview, what’s expected that you will bring, and what you should leave at home.
1. Bring Along Your Completed Job Application
Arrive at your interview with a completed job application in hand. You may have filled this out much earlier, leading to the interview invite, or you may have it handed to you as you arrive, and you are asked to fill it out.
2. Bring Your Resume With
Make sure you take along a copy of your resume too. Even if, you have sent the resume in beforehand, you should always have a copy handy to refer to during the interview. For example, employment dates are much easier to reference in your resume than trying to memorize them.
3. Take Your References With You
You may have sent references in advance, although most do not. Either way you should have adequate copies on hand, and look for an opportunity to either discuss your references or at the very least leave your reference letters with the interviewer(s) near the end of your interview. If you don’t have your reference letters at the time of the interview, then you should at the very least have a neatly typed list of four or five professional contacts that have agreed to present you with a letter of reference, if needed.
4. Bring all Pertinent Certification, Licenses, and Course Completions
If there are specific requirements, bring along the proof that you have the required certification, licenses, and course completions. If there is international travel possibilities bring along your passport and immunization records.
5. Bring the Company Introduction Package
If the company sent you an intro package, an application, forms, or other information, be sure you bring it along with you.
Now let’s have a look at the things you should avoid bringing. Interviews are all about impressions so take charge and make sure to avoid the items on this list. Leave all unnecessary items at home.
- Don’t use a backpack or fanny pack
- Don’t leave your sunglasses on top of your head
- Don’t leave your headphones around your neck
- Don’t wear additional jewelry
- Don’t wear heavy makeup
- Don’t wear casual clothing
- Don’t wear inappropriate hosiery
- Don’t bring along extra bags such as shopping bags
- Don’t wear inappropriate hair accessories
- Don’t wear sneakers
- Don’t bring along a friend, a spouse, or children
First impressions – they are extremely important. By looking your best, being organized, neat and tidy, and professional, you’ll leave a lasting impression.