Now that you've crafted a great resume and used your connections, you've finally landed your dream interview. But how should you prepare? Sometimes it's tough to know what to bring to your interview besides yourself. HC has got you covered with the things that you need to bring to an interview.
- Directions. Email the person you're interviewing with and ask where to park, what door you should enter through, and where you should go when you enter the building. Be sure to ask if you'll need a parking pass or for someone at the company to register you as a guest to show that you're there for an interview. Then print out directions and put them by your purse so you won't forget to take them with you on the big day, or plug the route into your smart phone ahead of time.
- Money. If you need to pay a parking garage or meter, remember to bring cash and some coins with you. If you're taking public transportation, you don't want to find out your subway pass is too low and then not have money with you to put on it!
- A professional-looking tote. Unless you're looking to show off your killer sense of fashion at the interview (which might be the case if you're applying for a fashion job), leave the funky handbags for nights out. You want a bag big enough to fit everything you're bringing comfortably, and also one that is a solid color. A Longchamp or this Halogen bag work great.
- Tide To-Go stick. They're not very expensive, and they're small so you can fit them in your purse. If you discover an old stain or accidentally spill something on yourself and don't have time to change, this will be your saving grace.
- Business cards. Offer your business card to your interviewer before you leave and ask for hers as well. If you don't have business cards you can get them printed for free online at BusinessCardStars.com or Moo.com.
- Gum and mints. Fresh breath is a must! Especially if you end up being in close quarters with your interviewer. Just be sure to spit it out before the interview begins.
- The phone number of your interviewer. Or a contact person that you can notify if you end up getting lost or running into some other problem on the way to the interview. Program the number into your phone ahead of time.
- Identification. Whether or not you think the building might have security, it's a good idea to bring your driver's license. You also might be asked to fill out a job application that requires your driver's license number, and some front desks require identification before you're let into the building.