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4 Job Interview Essentials

4 Essential Items You Should Bring To A Job Interview


4 Job Interview Essentials

Here at Diverse Employment, I am often asked by shortlisted candidates prior to attending an interview, "But, what should I take with me?" Although there are potentially other items I would advise on a job by job basis, the following four items are what I would deem as the essentials.

1. Extra Copies of Your CV

Bring a handful of extra printed CVs with you to the interview - it shows that you're well prepared should there be multiple interviewers in attendance wanting to discuss a particular point on your CV, but only have one copy between them. On a plus side it can also double up as a handy reminder to yourself of what you had written in the CV, especially if you've written slightly different versions for other job applications you may have recently made.

2. Notepad & Pen

Along with your extra CVs tucked nicely into your leather conference folder, slip an empty notepad and pen into it too, you may want to make notes so that you’re better prepared should there be a second interview.

3. Well-researched questions

You will develop clever and engaging questions to ask the interviewer(s) by researching the company prior to the interview. Read their website and the LinkedIn profiles of their Founders/Directors - especially the Manager who will be your boss if you’re offered/take the job. Its quick and easy to Google search the company’s name and learn about what's happening in their industry.

Write your questions on the notepad tucked into your conference folder so you can easily refer to them during the interview. It's okay to take notes while your interviewer is talking, too! Just be sure to lift your head out of your notes frequently to make eye contact.

4. The Diverse Employment ‘Indispensable Reason Theory’

The Diverse Employment ‘Indispensable Reason Theory’ is making an educated guess about the main reason the company is willing to invest money, currently and ongoing, by hiring someone. "Well... The former employee left" is not an “Indispensable Reason Theory” because it doesn't necessarily fully describe the reasons as to why there is a current open vacancy.

People leave their current jobs every day, most as a career move, but their companies don't always replace them, i.e. its dependent upon whether the company feels / has a reason, for needing to replace the employee.

Figure out the real indispensable reason they’re employing, i.e. what function isn’t being performed, and what could potentially go wrong within the company if it wasn’t done; what would be the underlying cost to the company.

Lastly...

... Don't forget to print out directions to the interview location in case you lose your mobile connection or the sat-nav packs in on the way. Make sure you know the name and contact details for the point of contact you're supposed to ask for when you arrive at the interview.

If you would like to learn more about interview tips and advice,
read our Interview Tips page.


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