You mastered creating your resume, and actually had several phone interviews. Now, it is time to prepare for the in-person interview. You have already shared your military experience and skills with the hiring manager or recruiter during your phone conversation, so what should you share during the actual interview, and what interview tools do you need?
The in-person or face-to-face interview is important for several reasons. The hiring manager or recruiter will review your body language, appearance, and how well you are prepared. It gives them the chance to learn more about you as a person and how you would fit into their culture. The interview also gives you the chance to learn more about them. Here are the interview tools you must have at your next interview:
- Portfolio – you should have a portfolio to house all of the tools you will take with you to your interview. Make sure that it does not include any logos, unless it has your military logo. The portfolio should include a note pad and the other items will we discuss.
- Research – include in your portfolio all of the research you did on the company you will interview with. This may include the company name, address and phone number, company information on products or services, directions to the meeting and who you will meet with.
- Pen – this may sound silly, but most people going for an interview forget to bring a pen with them. This will show the interviewer you are prepared.
- Resume – keep at least two extra copies of the resume you submitted for the position in your portfolio. No matter how many times you have given your resume to the interviewer, you should be prepared with several copies.
- References – most job candidates will inform their interviewer they will send them their references after the interview. Instead, it is best to be prepared in advance. Keep a copy of your reference list in your portfolio to hand to your interviewer when requested.
- Questions – while you will try to remember the questions you have to ask during the interview, it is best to write out your questions and keep them in your portfolio. This will allow you to review them during the interview and ask relevant questions, as well as make notes as they are discussed.
As you discuss the position, your military experience, and how you can help the company with your skills, your interview tools will show how you are prepared and make a great impression.
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