So, you’ve been through the application process, crossed the first few hurdles and have secured a job interview — congratulations! Now it’s time to prepare, and we’ve got you covered. Over the next few posts you’ll learn:

  • How to prepare your answering technique to the interview questions
  • Prepare your own questions for employers
  • Make a great first impression
  • What to bring to the interview
  • Tips on good manners and body language
  • How to win them over with your authenticity and positivity

Interviews are not something to be afraid or overly worried about, as we often remind our clients, interviews are a two way street and the interview process is as much about you interviewing the potential employer as it is them interviewing you. The main thing to remember is – just as in your CV – to be truthful and to be yourself during the interview and to take note of the posts over the next few weeks for tips and pointers to help you make the best, truthful impression and have a positive interview experience where the potential employer gets all the information they need about you and you get all the information you need from them. 

Tip 5 – What to bring to the interview

Set aside time before your interview to get the following items together.

At least two copies of your CV on paper. While the hiring manager has likely seen your CV, they may not have read every line or you might be speaking with someone new, in either case, you might want to highlight specific accomplishments on your copy that you can discuss.

A pen and a small notebook and be prepared to take notes – but not on your smartphone or any other electronic device. Write information down so that you can refer to these details in your follow-up thank you notes.

A written version of the prepared questions for your interviewers.

A single folder or portfolio for all your materials. It’s easy to mistake nervous for disorganised, so keep all your documents in a single, multi-use messenger bag or portfolio. Make sure that it’s professional and appropriate to the corporate culture as well as your own style.

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