Guest post by Alexandra Bessette.
Okay, you’ve made it. You landed an interview for that job you want so much! But feeling prepared to put your best foot forward in front of your potential new employer can be one of the hardest parts of the job search process. Keep the 3 things ready in your tool belt, and making a great first impression will feel that much easier!
- Your resume. Sure, this one can feel obvious, but it’s easy to overlook the details when you’re wrapped up in nerves and excitement. Double-check the spelling of your name and your contact information. Summarizing all of your applicable past experience makes this the most important thing you can bring because it gives your potential employer a holistic look at you as the great employee that you are!
- Examples of your past work. Were the findings of a research project you contributed to published? Congratulations! Print a copy of that paper out to give to your interviewer. Did you write for a school newspaper, magazine, or blog? That’s awesome. Bring a copy of the piece you’re most proud of to your interview. Having a first-hand look at your impressive work will make you stand out to a potential employer.
- A letter of recommendation. While not all employers require this, it’s great to back up your experience, work ethic, and expertise with the testimony of someone who has worked with you and can attest to your great qualities. It’s important to demonstrate how great you are to work with, too!
If you have any questions about what to bring to a job interview, don’t hesitate to reach out to your College on the Clock bloggers or contact the Office of Student Employment Services.