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What to bring (and not) to your interview!

The last thing you need on the day of your big interview is the stress of trying to remember everything you need to bring!

That’s why we’ve put together a checklist of everything you need to bring (as well as what to leave at home) to make that day smooth sailing.

Go over this list the day before, and a little while before your meeting so you can focus on what matters most — impressing your next potential employer!

What To Bring

Your best attitude

The best thing to pack is a positive attitude!

Make sure you take time to unwind and relax. Whether that’s by going to bed early the night before, or leaving yourself some time to exercise and eat a healthy meal — or hyping yourself up with your favourite song!

You want to be sure to care for your mental wellness so you can do well at your interview.

Directions

Make sure you know how to get where you’re going!

If you can, it’s never a bad idea to test your route in advance. That way you know about any special considerations you’ll need to make — like leaving extra time for traffic or transfers.

Know how to get there, and how long it will take.

The perfect outfit

Always plan to dress at least as formally as your interviewer, if not slightly more.

You don’t want to show up in a tux if they will be in business casual. The same goes for showing up in your gym clothes when they’ll be in a suit and tie.

Just like your clothing should match each other, you need to match your overall outfit to the tone that best suits the company you’re applying for.

Your resume

It’s always a good idea to have a copy of your resume on hand.

In fact, you should have at least one copy for every person on the hiring committee, if you aren’t meeting one on one.

You can use your resume to point out key job experiences that support your conversation. Don’t just read from it, of course, but it can help you as a reference.

Your references

It is most common to not provide references until requested.

That said, you should be prepared for it if they request it!

A single page printout with the names, titles, and contact information of your references is important to have. Bring a few copies, just in case, and make sure your relationship to each reference is clearly stated.

Something to write with

You’ll want to make sure you take clear and concise notes about any follow up items in your job application process.

By having something to write it down with, like a notepad and pen, you can avoid having to send an embarrassing email or make an awkward phone call to get that important info again later on.

Business cards

If you have your own business card, be sure to have a few to hand out to the people you meet at the company.

In many situations, the exchange of business cards can say a lot about your professional etiquette!

Your portfolio

If you work in a creative industry, you’ll want to be able to prove how creative you are!

By having a physical copy of your portfolio, you can walk your interviewer through your style and discuss your process with clear visual aids.

What Not To Bring

Food

Don’t eat your lunch in their lobby.

Snacks like chewing gum or granola bars might help you focus,but be sure to dispose of them before entering the premises.

Keeping your food and drink to a minimum also helps you avoid bathroom breaks, too.

Your phone or laptop

Unless you need your laptop to share a portfolio or examples of your work, you should leave it at home.

And while you can certainly bring your cellphone to have in case of emergencies, or to use for directions, etc., you should leave it in your pocket once you arrive at the building.

Even if you are just waiting at reception, use that time to mentally rehearse. Or better yet, talk to the receptionist! They are usually the most in-the-know person when it comes to the company culture.

Your mom

Yes. It happens.

Unless you have a disability that requires an interpreter or support person (or animal) to assist you, you should be going alone.

If you bring a friend or family member to advocate for you otherwise, you’ll be giving the impression that you don’t have the independence that employers expect of a professional.

Conclusion

The absolute best thing you can bring to an interview is a sense of confidence knowing you’ve done all you can to prepare for work!

META offers free resources, from interview coaching to helping you negotiate with employers. Book your free appointment with us today, and start being more confident about your career!

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