5 Things You Should Always Bring to the Interview

5 Things You Should Always Bring to the Interview
From Recruiter - January 5, 2017

According to Glassdoor, the average corporate job posting elicits more than 250 applications. If your resume gets singled out of the hundreds and youre asked to come in for an interview, you know you need to take it seriously.

If you have an interview coming up, youre probably preparingyour outfit, practicing questions, and perfecting yourhandshake. Its also a good idea to visualize yourself in the room and make sure you have all the right items with you.

If you want to hit a home run at your next interview, make sure you bring these five items along:

1. Copies of Your Resume

Print several copies of your resume using a high-quality laser printer on heavier paper. This will show youre invested in the job. Store the copies in a stiff folder or binder so they remain clean and crisp, reflectingpositively on you.

Bringing several copies will show you were prepared for multiple interviewers, which is common for high-profile job interviews. The interviewers will likely have copies already, but its always smart tocarry extras.

2. Something to Write on and With

You never know when youll need to write something down. Important phone numbers, addresses, and other information are often given out during aninterview. Using yourphone to take notes looks unprofessional, so bring something to write on and with. That way, you wont have toawkwardly ask if you can borrow a pen and paper from your interviewer.

3. Something to CarryYourItems In

Most of the time, you can carry a binder tohold your resume copies, some paper, and a pencil. This is highly recommended if you were instructed to dress casually; carrying a briefcase might make you appear overdressed.

In more professional interviews, men and women are encouraged to carry briefcases. Women can also carry a professional-looking purse, with a strong emphasis on professional. That means the purse should be neutral and nondescript in terms of color and style.

In fact, everything you bring should be professional.Leave ragged notepads, purses, and briefcases behind. Theyll do nothing for your image.

4. A Brain Full of Knowledge


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