Interviewing 101: Be Prepared With This 6 Item Checklist

Posted by on January 24, 2013

Interviewing 101

Director of Career Services, Stacey Schmitt

In our previous installments of Interviewing 101, we talked about how to answer specific questions that will probably arise in one form or another in your interview. But before you’re on the proverbial ‘hot seat’, Director of Career Services Stacey Schmitt would like to remind you to check off these six tasks on your to-do list before the potential end of your job search.

  • Know the time and location of your interview…AND DON’T BE LATE!

This seems like a no-brainer, right? According to this Good Morning America report from a few years ago, 15-20 percent of Americans are late on a regular basis! That big interview is definitely the right time to buck that trend if you’re consistently tardy. You should plan on arriving 10-15 minutes before your scheduled time. Are you directionally challenged? If you are unfamiliar with the area, map it out or drive to the location the day before (it can do wonders to help calm your nerves!).

  • Bring extra copies of your resume

“But I already submitted it during the application process!” you might be thinking. That’s great, but the person conducting the interview might not have had time to print out a copy of your resume. Heck, there might even be multiple interviewers. Always bring a few extra copies printed on resume paper.

  • Bring work samples (if applicable)

As a professional, you should be collecting samples of your work from throughout your work career. Yes, you can list off all the accomplishments and accolades you want, but in the end, it’s just a list. Put your best work in the hands of your employers to give them something to remember you by.

  • List of references

Many hiring experts and HR professionals prefer that your references are kept separate from your resume. If you’re going to bring extra copies of your resume, you might as well have a few extra reference sheets, with contact information, ready to go. That includes any recommendation letters people have written on your behalf.

  • A list of questions to ask the interviewer

Don’t ‘wing’ this tip (no pun intended). Well thought out questions written up beforehand show that you have done your research and are truly interested in working for the company you are interviewing with. Yes, there are your standard questions, but here are 4 questions, courtesy of, that will really wow your interviewer.

  • Look good (professionally)

Please, please, please do not come in to an interview under-dressed. Always err on the side of ‘too professional’, and don’t walk in looking, or acting, like these guys.

As always, we in the Minnesota School of Business – Plymouth campus career services department are here for our current and former students. Don’t hesitate to contact us with any questions on your personal job search. We look forward to hearing from you!


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