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The things you should carry to a job interview

The things you should carry to a job interview

It can be hard to figure out what to bring to an interview when you're thinking about what to wear and what to bring. It's usually a good idea to bring a copy of your most recent resume, and many interviewers will ask you to do the same thing, too. If you're applying for a security job or a job with the government, you should bring some kind of ID with you, like your driver's license. But, should you bring anything else with you?

If you're looking for work, here are some ideas about what you should carry with you to an interview.

Directions

Most people today have their phone with them at all times, but sometimes even a GPS can't help. They told you something specific, like "My office is a little out of the way. " Take note of "the corner door with a flowerpot." You should bring the direction with you to the trip. The more directions you have and the more confident you are about where you're going make it less likely that you'll be late and make a bad first impression.

The right wardrobe is important.

You might think that men should always wear business suits and ties to an interview. Women should also dress like this, in a professional suit or dress, with high heels to match. However, it's better to ask the hiring manager for advice on what to wear, especially if the company is a start-up or has a more casual work atmosphere. This can make you look like you're trying too hard, which can actually hurt you.

Always make sure your hair and nails are clean and trimmed. Go with what makes you look confident, professional, and clean instead of what's in style now, even if it's not.

A notepad and a pen

Bring a notepad and a few pens to the interview. You might think that you can remember everything. You might think of a great question to ask the interviewer, but you might forget about it when it's your turn to ask questions. To avoid embarrassment later, you might also want to write down things like the interviewer's name while you're there. In addition, you don't want to have to write with a pen that doesn't work, so bring a lot.

Your portfolio

Most people who work in the arts should bring a portfolio with them to interviews, but it's also a good idea for people don't work there. With that in mind, why not show the interviewer some of your best work? It's also possible to send the interviewer a digital copy of your portfolio by email after you've had the meeting.

Business cards.

As long as you have a business card, you can give it to the interviewer as well. It's important for your business card to include your name and title, as well as your phone number and email address.

A list of References

You know that part of your resume where you write "references will be provided upon request"? When the interviewer asks for them, this may be the time for you to provide. Make sure to bring a list of references with you to the interview. Make sure to bring both personal and professional references; two of each should be enough.

Brief Advice on What Not to Carry to a Job Interview

To get a job, it's important not to bring anything to an interview that you don't need to bring. The following are some tips for what to leave out of the interview room.

Gum
It goes without saying that chewing gum while having an interview is not very nice. Before the interview, eat and drink things that won't make your breath smell bad, like garlic or coffee would. Keep drinks to a minimum and brush your teeth before you go in, so you don't have to stop at the bathroom.

The phone 
The temptation to look at your phone while you're waiting in the lobby may be strong, but it's better to put it in your pocket after you set it to "silent" (not vibrate). Making small talks with the receptionist in a polite way is the best thing to do. Leave your cell phone in the car until you get back home to avoid any possible mistakes.

Studies say that about 10% of job applicants bring their Fathers or Mothers with them when they go on interviews for jobs. It's fine if you need a ride to get to the interview, but don't bring them with you, even if they know the interviewer. This is your chance to shine and show the interviewer what you can do on your own, without the help of anyone else.

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Contributed by: Henry Mubiru Kweba. 

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