(Closed) Job Interview! What to bring?

posted 6 years ago in Career
  • poll: Do you add a photo to the documents you give at an interview?
    Yes, it helps them remember you! : (1 votes)
    3 %
    No, it's audacious! : (33 votes)
    97 %
    I haven't, but good idea! : (0 votes)
  • Post # 3
    909 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: May 2013

    I can’t imagine bringing anything other than a resume (maybe a cover letter, but I assume you already sent that to them, so just a copy), and I guess a drivers license because it’s already in your wallet.

    Everything else seems like way overkill for an interview. If you already had the job and you were doing stuff with HR then maybe some of that stuff. But I would wait until they asked you for it.

    In answer to the original question — I definitely wouldn’t attach a picture to my resume.

    Post # 4
    3886 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: September 2011

    Resume with cover letter only. You don’t need — and should not turn over– the other documents until you are hired. Don’t do the photo thing unless it’s an acting /modeling job. It’s not considered professional and would be too likely to get you remembered as “that weird girl with the photo.”

    Post # 5
    13099 posts
    Honey Beekeeper
    • Wedding: July 2010

    Definitely don’t bring all that stuff.  Cover letter (although you should have already sent them that) and a copy of your resume only.

    Post # 6
    1460 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: October 2012

    I suggest you bring 5 copies of your resume and that’s it.  That way you’ll have extras for interviewers.  Resumes at my company are submitted electronically so they don’t print out very well. 

    I’m not intending this to sound mean but from what you’ve posted I’m just wondering if you’ve interviewed for positions previously or if this is your first interview.

    Post # 7
    3000 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: July 2012

    I agree with PPs. Just bring your resume and you most likely won’t even need that. All that other stuff is useless in an interview.

    Post # 8
    1548 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: November 1999

    Bring a few copies of your resume and a notepad. Its good to have a few questions in mind to ask the interviewers also. There is absolutely no need for your birth certificate, any diplomas, cover letter or ss card.

    If I were you, I would be extremely careful carrying all of the around with you – I wouldn’t want to lose all of my personal documentation and it get into the wrong hands. 

    Post # 9
    6892 posts
    Busy Beekeeper
    • Wedding: March 2012

    I would bring two copies of the resume, unless you are certain it’s just with one person. Other than that, leave the photo off and all of the super personal information at home. You don’t want them having all of that info if you don’t get the job, or thinking you’re a bit weird for bringing it all and that causing you not to get the job. Less is more. 🙂

    Post # 10
    2622 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: November 1999

    @OctBride-2012:  This exactly.

    If you brought that other stuff to my interview I would think you are way to inexperienced and haven’t done your research.

    Depending on the job, however, if you have something like a portfolio that would demonstrate the answer to a question that would be OK. Such as if its a creative job, you could bring a photoshop work with you or if its an analytical job you could bring a project summary of something. However, only bring it and use it if it makes 100% sense. Dont crowbar it in. And ask them if its OK to show them before showing them.

    Do however be sure to write a thankyou note to them within 24 hours. Email is OK, but be sure to ask for business cards from anyone who interviews you.

    Post # 11
    6743 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: June 2014

    A few copies of your resume and cover letter is all you need.  An ID is important to have, just in case there’s security you have to go through or whatnot (or a driver’s license if you’re driving, kinda important lol). 

    I agree w/ PP – the rest is overkill and the photo is unprofessional.  They will remember you by taking notes. 

    The only bit of advice I have is to research the employer and see if you have any questions for them.  I’ve heard that interviewers like when you have questions for them, so it would be good to have an educated question.  And on that note, if you do that, having a small notepad with a pen with questions that you want answered (if they’re not answered in the interview) or to write down any important notes (names of people you interviewed with, if they don’t give you a business card, etc.).  But this really isn’t necessary.. and I’m not sure if it applies to every field or what field you’re applying to.

    Post # 12
    531 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: May 2013

    Dont forget to bring a pen! and don’t bring you social, birth certificate, or either diploma, thats big time over kill. 

    By the way I work in HR.

    Post # 13
    9142 posts
    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: November 2013 - St. Augustine Beach, FL

    Copies of resume and cover letter on nice paper tucked inside a leather folio with a pad of paper and a pen for notes.  I also bring a couple of business cards and copies of my writing samples but that’s because of the type of work I am in.

    No need to bring the rest unless you have been asked but I would hesitate to hand over my personal ID documents before knowing whether I had the job and even then most companies will give you a few weeks to get the documents to them.  Coming from an HR standpoint, it’s never a good idea to give the interviewer a picture.

    Post # 14
    11234 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: August 2013

    Yep, definitely a few copies of your resume, a pen, and I like to bring some business cards and offer to trade with the interviewers. Never hand over personal ID (SS card, birth certificate) until you’re officially hired–they do not need your SSN until then! You will most likely never be asked for your college diploma, much less your high school diploma (if you attended college, you’ve graduated some sort of high school program). No photo.

    I try to leave everything that I don’t need in the car–I have a little wristlet that I put my ID in (maybe some other small things), and a nice leather padfolio with a notepad and a pocket for my resumes and cards. Write down questions you’d like to ask the interviewers (you can find lists of these online), and do your research on the company.

    Post # 15
    1114 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: July 2013

    Don’t bring all that stuff unless you’ve been asked for it and equally, don’t put a photo on your resumé unless you’ve been asked to because it’s not professional.

    Post # 16
    1876 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: October 2014

    Okay girl – looks like you are new to the job interview process. Let’s help you out. What are applying for? What’s your background? What do you plan on wearing?

    As PPs have said do NOT bring a picture or any other documents besides your resume. I like to have at least 10 copies will me (print it out on nice paper if possible – but not neccesary). A note about your resume, it should not be longer than 1 page.

    Something to keep in mind, plan to arrive about 10 minutes early. Anything earlier than that is overkill. I personally try to plan to arrive about 30 minutes early, but so I can spend those 20 minutes or so relaxing and focusing in the lobby or a nearby coffee shop.

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