As a supply chain recruiter, I’m frequently asked by job-seekers what they should and should not bring to a job interview. Here’s a list of what you should bring, in order of importance:
1. Notepad and Pen
Make sure you bring a notepad, ideally in a professional looking organizer, and make sure you use it! Take notes during the interview. This will let the interviewer know that you’re paying attention and taking the interview seriously. Plus, the notes you take will allow you to compare this opportunity against others you may be considering.
You should have at least 10-12 questions prepared. Questions about the job, the company, the culture, projects, about the interviewers themselves. These questions should be crafted to demonstrate that you have done your research on the company and the opportunity.
You will probably only ask 3-4 questions, but it’s important to prepare at least 10 questions because the interviewer will probably answer many of your questions before you get the chance to ask them.
You probably won’t need it, but it’s best to bring an extra copy of your resume just in case the interviewer doesn’t have one handy.
4. Job Description
Print the company job description and stick it in your notepad. It may also be a good idea to print out some information on the company, just a few pages from their website that you can refer to when asking questions.
That’s it! Keep it simple. Please don’t bring samples of your work or awards earned, as these tend to pull the interview off track.
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