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Why take them? Because if this is a small or badly organised company they may have mislaid them, being able to offer a copy will allow them to get most out of interview and for you to look professional in your approach.
This is only a suggestion and will not usually be required, so why take anything?
You will have to decide, if you are going to take anything in to interview, but as you can see from examples above, there is little point in taking anything. As someone trained in interview technique I can tell you that it is noticeable when a potential employee arrives with a brief case and never has to open it in an interview. In fact it has been suggested that there are sandwiches and a flask in there in case applicant got stuck in a lift!
* Avoid a poor greeting. This is a big subject and related to Body Language (details below).
When you greet someone you should ensure that you do following things:
1) Look person in eye. 2) Smile at them. 3) Shake their hand. 4) Make sure you introduce yourself and remember name they provide you with in return. 5) When you are offered a seat, if possible let your interviewer take their seat first.
* Poor Body Language/Nervous Mannerisms. Body Language is a big subject but it is worth reading about. I can't cover subject here but visit http://911resume.com and have a look at our current recommendations.
* Focus The rest of interview is a case of presenting a positive image of yourself and everything you have done in your working life.
Avoid speaking in a negative way about previous employers to your prospective new employers. After all, if you speak negatively of one employer what is going through mind of your possible new employer?
An interview should be a friendly conversation about work experience, a poor interviewer will sometimes believe that showing you around is an interview, it's not.
If you are faced with this sort of interview, take opportunity to point out your familiarity with environment by relating it to your past work experience.
For example, if you are shown a piece of software that this company uses and your previous company used a similar but not identical package, then you should discuss it briefly and explain how familiar you are with this sort of software.
* Closing deal At end of interview, take time to thank interviewer for their time, tell them how interested you are in their company and tell them you will look forward to hearing from them.
Again, keep eye contact and smile, while you are doing this, shake hands and leave. Remember that until you are out of sight of building you could be watched and therefore you are under scrutiny.
Good luck, I'm sure that job is yours already, company just doesn't know it yet!
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