We came across an interesting article from Forbes recently, which looks at what type of document(s) you should be taking with you to a job interview. Below, we have summarised accordingly.
Having the correct documents on hand can mean the difference between a great start to an interview or a tricky opening. One of the most important things to take with you is your CV – and multiple copies if possible. You might be facing an interview board who have limited or no copies of your CV, so having the forethought to bring extras can go some way to showing your initiative. You’re also then prepared for leaving CVs behind for consideration or speaking to somebody new on the hiring team. The same rule applies to your list of references.
Your portfolio could well be your greatest asset in the interview, particularly for designers, artists and architectures. Use a portfolio to help set yourself apart from other candidates and demonstrate the quality of your work to hiring managers.
Letters of recommendation are fantastic things to leave behind after an interview, to reinforce the positive progress you made during your time with the hiring manager. If you’re lucky enough to be kept behind for the HR department to process you, make sure you have your driver’s license, passport or other form of photo identification – along with your National Insurance number.
Creating your own fact sheet for the benefit of the HR department can help you speed the process up and complement your powers of organisation. Make sure you include names, addresses, numbers, and dates of all previous employment – along with the details of any references, next-of-kin and other important facts.
A final personal touch is the thank you card, which you can send to your interviewers after you’ve returned home. These make your application more memorable and also serve to show your pro-activity and enthusiasm about this job role.
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