“Proper preparation prevents poor performance.”
There’s a variation of that saying, and even if you haven’t heard it before, you can probably guess what it is. However, we’re not going to focus on that in this particular blog post. Instead, we’re going to focus on what you can do to fully prepare for your next face-to-face interview.
Yes, you need writing utensils and breath mints, but what else should you absolutely take with you? The following six things:
#1—Multiple copies of your resume
Take two copies at minimum, but three would be preferable. You can take more than three, but chances are good that you won’t need more than that. However, it’s always a good idea to err on the side of caution (and preparation).
#2—Your complete reference list and letters of recommendation
These are things that people often forget to bring with them, but your reference list and letters of recommendation are nearly as important as your resume.
#3—Copies of your last performance review
Copies of your last TWO performance reviews would be even better, although one will suffice. It goes without saying, of course, that these should be positive reviews, possibly even stellar reviews. If they’re not, it might be necessary to rethink your strategy.
#4—Information about the company
Bring any information that you researched about the company with you. You could have the opportunity to review it while you wait for the interview to begin. (You should be showing up 10 to 15 minutes early for the interview, after all.)
#5—The names of the people who are interviewing you and their contact information, if possible. As we mentioned in a previous blog post, knowing the names of the people interviewing you is important, especially your lead contact at the company. Their contact information is also important, in case something happens and you’re late or can’t make the interview.
#6—A list of the questions you plan to ask
You DO plan to ask questions, right? The last thing you want to do is try to commit your questions to memory in an attempt to impress the hiring authority.
Take the steps necessary, plus the items listed above to your next face-to-face interview, and you’ll increase the chances that you’ll enjoy a successful interview and also receive an offer of employment.
Time Staffing Inc.