Hello again, my lovely readers! I’m back with part two of my interview preparation series, which means it’s time to share more useful tips for landing that position you’ve been eyeing for weeks.
Last time, I discussed the three major areas of expertise that an interviewee should we prepared to elaborate on. Now it’s time to prove to your potential employer that you’ve done the work and have applied yourself in past workplace-esque situations. As long as you believe you’ve really got what it takes, don’t be afraid to show it off at the right place and time.
Along with a positive attitude and professional demeanor– and these tips from Kristine of My Little Box of Tricks— be prepared to bring a few things to the interview. The key items you need in ordered to be prepared are:
- Résumé | Bring multiple copies of your (preferably one-page) résumé, in the instance that the person(s) interviewing you would like to follow along while discussing your skill set. Depending on the format of the interview, your résumé may set the agenda for the process. (Plus, it acts as a professional set of notes that you can glance at to jog your memory.)
- Cover letter | The cover letter is important because it adds a sense of personal flair to your résumé, which can sometimes come off as a dry work transcript. The cover letter was the first time it was really up to you, not necessarily your skills, to sell yourself, so reference it directly and bring extra copies.
- Work samples | If you can, work up to collecting a portfolio of work samples that you can provide as hard evidence of your applicable skills. If you’re an artist, bring sketches or photographs; writers should bring news clips and provide web links; psychologists, scientists and researchers could showcase lab reports and experiment results. (Note that work samples may be more difficult to provide depending on the field you’re in.)
- Notebook and pen | I can’t emphasize how important these simple writing tools are in terms of your presentation and preparedness. Potential employers like to see candidates who are fully engaged in the interview process, and sometimes this includes taking little notes or writing down questions to ask later. Stick to small, simple styles– no sparkly butterflies, please.
So you’ve gotten your elevator pitch down pat and are prepared to give concrete examples of your applicable skills and work experience. Now it’s time to pack up that classic, sturdy work tote and hit the ground running…
…But not without the perfect professional outfit, of course. Stay tuned for the third and final part of my interview prep series, where we’ll cover just that. Get ready to SLAY!