“We would love to set up a time to speak with you in person. Let us know when works best for you.”
Yes, you got the interview! As the excitement and proud smile wash off of your face, it hits you. Shit, I got the interview. Nerves and anxiety wash over your body and you realize that the next week will be filled with practice questions, research, and pressure to be the best. When the day of the interview comes you will suit up (literally), drive to the location 30 minutes early, sit in your car trying not to hyperventilate, channel your inner Beyonce, and check your face in the mirror at least six times. As dramatic as this may sound, interviews are scary. Preparation is key and there are a few items that you will want to have on hand throughout the process. Packing the perfect portfolio and stocking your handbag with just-in-case supplies can decrease some of your anxiety. Check out my tips below on what to bring to a big interview and then get back to writing that cover letter!
What I pack in my interview bag:
- Mints (bad breath=bad first impression)
- Computer with resume and portfolio website up
- Book to read in the car or waiting room
- Tide-to-go (For the red sauce on your new white blouse)
- Head phones (Music can be very calming)
- Hand sanitizer (Don’t forget to shake the interviewer’s hand!)
- Water bottle (Talking a lot can leave a dry mouth)
- Notebook and pen (Take notes! This looks good to interviewers)
- Floss (For that thousand-watt smile)
- Hand lotion
- Advil (For that sudden headaches
Let me know what interview essentials you like to have on hand by writing in the comments below!