What to Bring When Coming for an Interview 2024 Update

Filed in Articles by on January 5, 2022

– What to Bring When Coming for an Interview –

When you’re preparing for a job interview, many things go through your mind. Most of them involve what you need to say and the questions you’ll need to answer. But don’t forget — there are also a handful of physical items you’ll want to bring along.

This article has made a well-detailed review of all you will need to bring when coming for an interview.

What to Bring to an Interview

Below are all you need to bring when you are coming for an interview.

1. Directions and Contact Info

Odds are, you wouldn’t leave the house without it anyway, but bring your phone with you so you can enter the directions to your interview location, especially if you’ve never been there before if you don’t have a smartphone capable of GPS navigation, print out directions.

The worst thing you can do is get lost, which will make you late, which will likely prevent you from moving forward in the interview process.

On your phone’s notepad app, or on the directions you’ve printed out, write out your interviewer’s name and contact information (s).

This way, if something goes wrong on your way to the interview, you can let them know. This will also help ensure that you don’t forget your interviewer’s name — a major faux pas.

2. Identification

It’s not quite as common nowadays, but you never know if you’ll be asked for identification, so it’s worth bringing, anyway. When in doubt, ask the person who set up your interview in advance — better safe than sorry!

3. Business Card

As a job seeker, business cards are great for networking and interviewing. Your business card should include your name, job title, email, phone number, and any other contact information you think is essential.

Give your card to your interviewer or anyone else you talk to about the job. (If you need inspiration about what to include, I recently came across these cute ones from Moo!)

4. Notepad and Pen

You may be used to taking notes on your laptop or phone. Still, in interviews, it looks better if you have paper and a pen handy to jot down messages like people to contact, addresses or anything else mentioned in the interview you want to remember later.

Being prepared with your supplies to capture important information that your interviewee provides you with is a surefire way to make you look proactive and thoughtful.

5. Resume

Print out a few copies of the most updated version of your resume. You should also have extra copies if you need to reference it during the interview — or if additional interviewers show up.

6. References

Bring an updated list of your references. Your interviewer may or may not ask for these, but it’s best to be over-prepared again. The plan should have at least three professional references, along with how they know you and how to contact them.

7. A Portfolio

Depending on the job you’re after, it might be valuable to bring a portfolio of your past work. This can be a folder, binder, or even a website shown on your tablet.

Your portfolio should be organized in a way that makes it easy to reference during your interview.

The contents of your portfolio will depend on your profession, but there should be quality examples of your work and accomplishments.

Lastly, at the end of every interview, you will be asked if you have questions. Have a list of items ready to go so you’re prepared.

These questions can be about the rest of the hiring process, company culture, or anything else you’re interested to know.

But remember, you want your inquiries to be specific and reflect the fact that you’ve done the research, so your interviewer can see your genuine interest in the position.

When thinking about what to bring to an interview, many things come to mind, but the eight above are the most essential.

While they might seem simple, it’s necessary not to forget them — they really might make a difference on the day of your interview.

CSN Team.

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