Bring Doubles of Everything to an Interview
In addition to a list of questions you want to ask and a pen and notepad you should also
bring duplicate copies of anything else that you may need to provide to the interviewer.
When booking the interview, ask if there is anything specific you should bring with you
(normally references are the only requirement). But if you are applying for a driving job, a
driver’s abstract may be required or if you are applying as a writer you may be asked to
bring in a sample of your work.
Make sure to write down the requested items to bring and make duplicates. If more than
one person is going to interview you, bring one for each of them and then one more. This
show forethought and preparedness. You also don’t want to make your interviewer look
bad by not being prepared if they forgot or lost your resume. Let them know that you
brought an extra copy for them and hand it over.
Chances are this won’t happen, but won’t you be happy if it does and you are prepared?
By bringing more copies than are required, you can provide your extra copy to the other
interviewers, so they are not all huddled around the one copy of your writing portfolio or
Even if you are not asked to bring references to the interview, take the time to type out
and print copies anyway. If the interview went well you are sure to be asked for them
and this again, shows that you think ahead and make the necessary preparations. Do not
show up without any special documents that were specifically requested of you, if you do
not think you can obtain them in the timeframe given to be sure to let the person know
before you arrive for the interview.