5 things to bring to a job interview

5 things to bring to a job interview

Abridged: Pro Resume Center

1) Your resume. Use high-quality resume paper and make sure your ink cartridge is full before printing. Conduct additional research on the company, the department, the hiring manager, and/or the general state of the industry before the interview. Your research may prompt you to adjust your resume to better fit the position and company.

2) A cover letter. It will add value if you have a copy with you. Find out the name and title of the people you’ll be interviewing with and customize your inside address and salutation. Create a fresh, brief introductory message that emphasizes your enthusiasm, interest and value you’d bring to the position. 3) Your references. Ensure you include the necessary reference information to make it easy for the reader: name, company, title, direct phone line, and email address.

4) A strategic plan. Arrive with a strategic plan that will further “wow” the employer. For example, if you’re applying for a sales manager role, your plan may cover these three things: One, an assessment of the current situation. Two, steps you’d take to begin turning the ship around. And three, measurable objectives you will meet by the end of that time period.

5) Your portfolio. Portfolios add value, especially for graphic artists, other creative folks, and sales professionals. For example, a salesperson’s portfolio may include testimonial letters and emails from bosses, clients, colleagues, and vendors along with colorful sales charts or graphs showing your success.

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