Why you should never walk into a job interview empty-handed

Why you should never walk into a job interview empty handed

Standing out from the crowd is an essential part of snaring any worthwhile job in today’s highly competitive market. When it’s the little things that make all the difference, bringing a personalised marketing tool kit to your interview is a great idea.

What to take to an interview:

Here’s what you should consider bringing:

The basics: 

They already have a copy of your resume and references on file, so you don’t need to take any more, right? Wrong! You never know if there will be any ring-ins conducting your interview or how well briefed they’ll be. It’s best to make their job as easy as possible by bringing a number of copies of your CV and matching lists of contact details for your references.

Work examples: 

This includes anything that shows proof of what you’ve done, including writing samples, project plans and published works.


Have you received a letter of commendation or recommendation? A certificate of achievement? A particularly positive performance review or evaluation? Or perhaps an award/s for a job well done? Include copies of everything and anything that comes from a reputable source and says how good you are.

Presentation is key: 

All your hard work will be negated if it’s not nicely presented. Use a nice new document folder or folio and make sure it includes a professional card with all your contact information on the front.

A list of contacts: 

Where possible, find out who your interviewers are and write down their names so you won’t forget.

Breath mints: 

Two conditions you do not want to be suffering from when you get called in to your interview are a dry mouth or bad breath. Just make sure you’re done with the mints before your evaluation begins.

A pen and notepad: 

You also don’t want to falter at the finish line by being caught without your own pen and paper if you need to jot something down (trust us, if you don’t have it, you will need it), it pays to be prepared.

List of questions to ask: 

It’s easy to forget things in the heat of the moment, so be prepared.

Tips to be prepared for an interview:

  • Bring a paper copy of your resume
  • Consider bring breath mints
  • It’s easy to forget things in the heat of the moment, so come prepared


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