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What Should You Carry to an Interview?

“I do not have that right now. Can I mail it to you tomorrow?” That is the last thing you want to say to your interviewer. Okay! To cut you some slack here, once is alright. But twice is like a sin. You may lose your job opportunity on the spot and the people opposite to you may tag you irresponsible and casual.

So, even if you are the best candidate for this current job and come with host degree alphabets beside your name, you may miss out just because you left something behind back on your bed. Think of it, if the next candidate is giving similar answers like you and producing everything instantly, why should the hiring HR wait for you?

To avoid this mishap and ensure that you are well prepared (in all aspects), here is a checklist that you might want to tick the night before (yes, not in the morning of the interview).

1. Resumes

Of course, you have sent a copy to your future employers. You are invited based on that only. But it will not harm you to carry few extra hard copies, for everyone on the panel, and not asking them to share. It is true that most of them won’t even read your entire CV, but having one at hand while chatting seem feels great.

2. Brag Book

This is where you keep all the hard copies of your achievements. It can be certificates of awards that you have won, appraisals from your previous management or even contact details of your references. In a way, don’t just spell out that you are an achiever, show it to them.

3. List of Questions

“That will be all from our side. Do you have any questions?” Almost instantly you feel relieved and have this temptation to say no and complete the process. Here, is another cardinal sin in an interview hall. You should ask questions about the company and growth prospects. Prepare a list and bring it out when they say that. This will show that you are really interested in the company.

4. Pen and notebook

Sound silly? Say the HR asks you to note down her email id or an alternative phone number. Will you request a pen from her and write it behind your extra CV? It looks clumsy. Carry your own pen and a pocket notebook. You may not need it at all, but it doesn’t harm to have access to one.

5. Folder

You won’t enter the room with a luggage bag. Plus, when asked to produce a particular document, you won’t spread all your belongings on the table and hunt for it. It doesn’t make sense. Carry a formal folder (not ones with funky graffiti) with multiple slots. Remember where you kept what and look organised.

6. ID Proofs and Call Letters

In hard copy and not scanned or photocopied ones. Your working visa, passport and everything. Carry photocopies as well. Even if the call letter has come from the company’s side only, take a copy with you for reference and detailing on your job profile.

The list will also include your grade sheets, referrals, business cards and other such relevant documents that you always carry to any interview. Then again, be subtle about everything. Take the ones that are relevant. You don’t need your primary school computer certificate if you are appearing for a sales manager job. Hope you get the picture.

Apart from these tangible sheets of paper, there are few other things that you must carry inside an interview hall. These are known as personal traits.

7. Positive Attitude

This is necessary in all spheres of the corporate world. If you are recently out of a job and appearing for this interview with a smile on your face, it portrays your never give up attitude. It means you accept failure as it comes and moves on to improve on it.

8. Etiquettes

Wish the interviewers when you enter and thank them for this opportunity. This normal gesture can go a long way to secure you this job. Remember, most other candidates tend to miss out on this, and you may very well stand out.

9. Confidence

This will come with preparation. You do not want to fumble when a question is asked. Answer everything with confidence, even if it is something embarrassing to you. Prepare stories and instances to quote instead of directly placing your answers. All these help, you know.

As it is said, an interview is all about 80% preparation and 20% execution. Preparation does not mean being thorough with every answer related to your domain and excelling in all the technical aspects. It is these simple to-dos that may ultimately become the deciding factor between you and another similar candidate. Dress well, prepare well and tick these boxes. You are sure to crack your next one.