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What to bring to a job interview

Most job candidates will bring only their resume, or they will bring nothing, relying on the interviewers to print and bring their resume.

But you should try to do more, you should think outside of the box. Interviewers will always appreciate the “do-more attitude”.

The documents you bring can help you to back-up your interview answers with something tangible, something the interviewers can see and touch (work portfolio, references from your previous employers, salary statistics from a reputable website, etc). Let’s have a look at the things right now, one by one

 

Things that can help you in an interview

 

1. Updated resume and cover letter

They can read your resume in an interview, but also afterwards, when deciding whether to hire you. Some people from the company will not even talk to you in person (think decision makers and executives), and your resume and interview report from HR managers are the only things they will see. Bring the updated resume to your interview, and leave them a copy. Do the same with the cover letter.

 

2. Your work portfolio

Work portfolio, sometimes also called interview or career portfolio, is a presentations of your accomplishments and projects you worked on, presented in a form of pictures, videos, and short sequences of text.

It helps the interviewers to visualize what you have done before, and why they should have you in their team. What is more, less than five percent of job seekers have a portfolio, so it can be a huge advantage to bring one, especially if you apply for a technical job. Learn how to make a great portfolio in our interview portfolio article.

 

3. Personal references with phone numbers

To say that your former bosses were extremely satisfied with your work can be considered empty words, unless you have something to prove your words.

Bring references from previous employers, and include the contact numbers. Most of the time the interviewers won’t contact your past employers, but giving them an option to do so sends a clear sign that you are sure about the value you delivered in your past jobs.

 

4. Good mood and smile

Many people leave the most important things at home–smile, good mood, and confidence. Make sure it is a pleasure to talk to you, and try to create a good atmosphere in an interview with the employer. After all, the most important things are not material things….

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