The first or the only interview would invariably aim to provide the employer with a background and overview of the candidate’s skills, competencies, traits, and experience.
So, what to bring to a job interview--here are some suggestions:
A well-crafted and up to date resume is the basic and indispensable requirement to take to an interview. Make sure to bring a copy of the same resume sent in by email at the time of applying for the job, unless there has been a significant change in the profile in between. Make sure to keep multiple copies of the resume in case multiple interviewers each require a copy.
One major purpose of the interview is to substantiate the claims made in the resume, and, therefore, the candidate needs to bring in supporting documents and materials. Some of the most common documents and materials include:
- Educational transcripts and diplomas
- Certificates of training courses and skill development programs attended
- Copy of Social Security ID, driving license, or any other photo identification
- Experience certificates from previous employers
- Copy of last pay slip, if employed or previously employed
- Copy of previous performance or appraisal reports, if available
- Letters of appreciation and certificates of achievements
- Copy of professional license, wherever applicable
- A portfolio
- List of references
- Any other relevant documents, especially if the company has specified to bring along something
- Business card that lists contact details
The exact list of documents and materials to take along at the time of interview depends on the company. For instance, some companies may not crosscheck if the candidate has already emailed the supporting documents as part of the application process, while other companies may require seeing the original documents as proof. A good idea is to ask at the time of fixing the interview regarding the nature of documentation required at the time of interview. The best option by default is to carry along all possible supporting documents and materials, as it gives the image of an organized professional who has catered to every eventuality.
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