It’s interview day and you feel like a lot of hands and legs. You can’t think of what to do, what to wear, what to say, nothing. Somehow you manage to shower and get dressed, and now you’re having breakfast, wondering what to bring with you. And you can’t think of anything, you’re empty. You keep a violin at your desk, whether or not to bring that piece of paper, what pen to take, etc.
We make it easy for you, these are the things you MUST NOT take to your interview and make a good impression and help you get through the interview –
1. Your bag
You don’t want to go to the bus stop or the roadside to hail a taxi and realize you don’t have money with you. Even worse would be the taxi that drops you off at the interview location and then you realize you’ve forgotten your wallet at home. It’s embarrassing and jeopardizes your interview performance.
2. Copies of your resume and passport size photographs
You go for an interview, not a tea party. You must bring clean and tidy copies of your updated resume with you. Add copies of your passport-size photographs, some companies ask you to paste them on the application form they ask you to fill out before you go for the interview and attach your resume. Your interviewers may also ask for the resume.
3. Interview details
Write down details of name, address, time and any signs or guidelines that may have been carefully given to you such as who to ask when you arrived, where to park, what entrance to take, any specific security provisions, etc. in mind and prepare accordingly.
4. Letters of reference
You may not always need them, but it is always good to bring at least three good reference letters or a recommendation letter. You can support yourself on this when relevant questions are asked during the interview.
5. Mobile phone
Always carry your mobile phone with you. Don’t forget it anywhere. Keep it quiet once you enter the office. And turn it off once you get into the interview. This way, you can stay connected and manage emergency situations while your interviewers can alert you to any delays or problems. You can also call the office asking for help finding the place, etc.
People often underestimate and fail to understand the importance of this simple tool. There is nothing more embarrassing and unpleasant than having to borrow a pen when completing a form or in the middle of an interview and interviewers ask you to write something. The managers they interview hate candidates who are so irresponsible that they forget to bring their own pen. And make sure the pen is working well and smoothly. You don’t want to be in trouble and get a pen to work when you need it.
Bring copies of your education certificates and proof of employment with you. You may need to attach it to forms. Or the interviewers may want to see it.