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Interview Tips – The five things you need to take with you to the interview

Every interview requires good preparation. The more prepared you are, the more confident and relaxed will you be, which will allow you to present your experience and skills in the most authentic and positive manner.

In this update, we will the five things you need to take to an interview:

  1. Preparation Notes
  2. Resume/CV
  3. List of Questions
  4. Job Advertisement
  5. Supporting documents

Your Preparation Notes

During your preparation you may have printed off some key information from the company’s website. There is no excuse for any candidate today not to have browsed the recruiting company’s website, as well as the LinkedIn profile of the interviewer. It is useful to use the same technique as in exams and to summarise your research. A mindmap is a great way for easy and quick reference.

Resume/CV

Always take at least one copy of your CV or resume with you. As you have most likely customised your CV specifically for the role, you need to ensure you have the right information with you. It s a good idea to have a few spare copies with you, as sometimes another interviewer may asked to join in. Nothing is worse than two interviewers fighting over one resume!

Your List of Questions

In a previous update (How to close and interview and get on the shortlist), I referred to the need to have prepared list of questions, which you can refer to during the interview. It is best to try and use a typed list, as it is easier to prioritise items and use the questions for other interviews. 

Job Advertisement

A critical part of your preparation is to refer to the original source document, which most likely resulted in your application and subsequent invitation to the interview. As a bit of extra preparation, glue the ad to a sheet of A4 paper and make sure you don’t have a whole lot of job ads in one file (I once interviewed a applicant and a whole stack of ads fell onto the floor – not a good look).

 Supporting Documents

Depending on your experience and industry, you may have some work examples of your work, which should be organised and presented in a nice folder. Also, it is a good idea to have references, certificates and other supporting ready. However, only present these when asked.

 Interviews as part of your job search can be stressful at times. However, by being prepared and ready you will also feel much more confident and comfortable during your interview.

Travel safely!

Charles van Heerden

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Charles is an HR careers expert with a strong focus on talent management. He has been an HR Director in three countries, a senior line manager and a consultant. Charles holds a degree in Psychology and has completed advanced studies in HR and change management.

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