10 must have items for your next job interview

 

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  • Map and directions to the interview’s location to keep you oriented from the start

 

The first item you need, without doubt should provide you the right directions to the location of your job interview.

 

If you are using your phone to navigate via Google maps for example, make sure it has enough battery.

 

It’s a good idea to visit the address earlier, before the actual date of the interview.

 

Therefore you make sure no unneeded “excitements” will accompany you on your way.

You need to arrive in relaxing and calm inner feeling.

 

Any unreasanble stressing situation is your biggest enemy on the exact day.

 

  • Bus/train/cab fare or a tank full of gas for better time-management

 

Depending on your way of transportation you should make sure no surprises will arrise.

 

Prepare your trip throughfully and try to have an enjoying start to provide your good mood.

 

  • Name, title, and phone number of the person to ask for upon arrival to build up the good impression

 

You need to know who are you meeting with, but also what specific position the person occupies.

 

Along with your company’s researches you can make a research on the person who will be interviewing you.

 

Therefore you will be prepared with some facts and possible questions about her/his responsibilities, proffesional backround, achievements.

 

  • Pen and paper to show interest

 

A notebook is also a good option.

 

You might be asking now:

 

How do I show interest by taking notes?

 

Well, it is proven that we measure how much interest our words evoke via any sort of evidence for memorization.

 

Remember the usual situation at school:

Who was always pointed as the most interested and well-prepared student?

 

Exactly,

the one with detailed set of notes, which everyone else in the class was trying to copy before exams.

 

Be that good student and show respect by taking quick notes of important aspects you would like to stress at and keep fresh in your memory.

 

  • Clean copies of your resume and cover letter (enough for yourself plus each interviewer)

 

Depending on the number of iterviewers make sure your documentation is accessible not only digitally, but on a paper.

 

  • Five or more questions to ask your interviewers

 

You need to be able to ask questions in order to show deeper interest and start a good communication with the representative.

Everyone will be thrilled to feel interest and curiosity about the business and asking the right set of question can be your absolute door through the nicely formed forundation.

 

If you have no idea what some good questions might be, read our post with title:

 

38 questions + answers – as an undetachable part of your preparation for a Job interview guide.

 

  • Samples or portfolio of related work you’ve done in the past to showcase your skills

 

You should be always prepared to showcase your achievements into practise and give a good example of your skills with real work – evidences.

 

Nobody likes to be forced to believe in plain words.

 

But everyone appreciates sources of evidence and references to real – business cases.

 

  • Copy of the job description to look more proffesional

 

 

You can directly point to some quatations from the description to clarify any missunderstandings or lack of information.

 

It can be basically used as a source of specific words you might have forgotten.

On the other hand, having the job description with you is a good way of expressing great interest in the position.

 

It detects that you’ve been exploring the opportunities and your participation is based on detailed analysis of your own responnsibilities and what the employer is looking for more specifically.

 

This can be useful as a base of the question you would like to ask the interviewer.

 

  • Plus anything else the employer has specifically asked you to bring

Therefore, read carefully the job description again.

 

Try to find good examples of what the company is seeking for the position itself and relate the expectations to your own preparations, willingness and determination.

 

  •  Bring your mobile phone so you do not get lost

 

 

If you decide to use it in order to navigate to the address of your interview, make sure you bring along a power-source (external battery, case-charger).

 

You need to make sure you can rely on your phone to reach the destination.

 

You might also have some notes which you would like to retrieve from there, so having power is a must.

 

Tip: Don’t forget to turn your mobile phone OFF before you go into the interview.

 

  •  Always have an extra resume

 

Bring also a list of past employment dates, supervisors, and education in case they ask you to fill out a job application

 

Tip: Leave the salary fields blank

 

  •  Notes about people you’ve spoken to while scheduling the interview or during a phone screen

 

Again, do not count on your memory abilities, even though they might be impressive.

 

There is always one extra step you can take in order to ease your task of talking with specific names, terms, even numbers.

 

You need to keep your knowledge about the position and everything related to the interview, which involves you as fresh as possible.

 

Therefore, you can use it as your advantage.

 

  •  List of three pre-screened references

 

This is not usually needed in a first interview, but you can still need them at some point.

 

So it’s always better to be prepared well, instead of running out of options.

 

  • Food

 

You can bring something small but filling and healthy, like a protein bar, in case of an extended interview.

 

For more tips about the perfect food choice for your big day, read our article about:

 

What should you eat before your job interview.

 

  • Grooming tools

 

Some tools for example: comb, breath mints, lipstick, tissues, cough drops, lint roller, stain lifter, or everything you might need to feel more confident and confortable during the interview.

 

  • Proof of your employment status and/or identity

 

This is usually not needed until later in the hiring process.

 

But remember, you loose nothing but being more prepared for any case scenario.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

38 Ridiculous job interview questions

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  • How many times a day do a clock’s hands overlap?

 

 

  • Is a Jaffa cake a biscuit or cake?

 

 

  • An apple costs 20 pence, an orange costs 40 pence, and a banana costs 60 pence, how much is a pear?

 

 

  • How many light bulbs are in this building?

 

 

  • How would you sell me eggnog in the summer?

 

 

  • What are five uncommon uses of a brick, not including building, layering, or a paperweight?

 

 

  • If both a taxi and a limo were priced the exact same, which one would you choose?

 

 

  • If you could be any animal, what would you be and why?

 

 

  • Are your parents disappointed with your career aspirations?

 

 

  • Can you describe an atom?

 

 

  • Who would win a battle between a ninja and a pirate?

 

 

  • If you could speak to one type of animal, what would it be?

 

 

  • Name one big animal that you would beat in a battle and how would you do that?

 

 

  • Are you a cat person?

 

 

  • If you are a god what would you do to the world?

 

 

  • What would you do when you have learnt that your boat is out of oil?

 

 

  • If you were a bicycle, what part would you be?

 

 

  • If you were a salad, what kind of dressing would you have?

 

 

  • You are in charge of 20 people. Organise them to figure out how many bicycles were sold in your area last year.

 

 

  • If you had 5,623 participants in a tournament, how many games would need to be played to determine the winner?

 

 

  • How many balloons would fit in this room?

 

 

  • What would you choose as your last meal?

 

 

  • Which is your favorite soup?

 

 

  • If you were a character from Star Wars, which one would you be?

 

 

  • How would you design a spice rack for a blind person?

 

 

  • If I assembled three of your format supervisors in a room and asked them about you, what would they say about you that you would say is not true?

 

 

  • If Hollywood made a movie about your life, whom would you like to see play the lead role as you?

 

 

  • If aliens landed in front of you and, in exchange for anything you desire, offered you any position on their planet what would you want?

 

 

  • Why on earth are you here today?

 

 

  • Sing a song that best describes you.

 

 

  • When you go on holiday, when do you pack your case?

 

 

  • What would I find in your fridge right now?

 

 

  • If you could be Batman or Robin, which one would you be?

 

 

  • If you were a slice of vegetable, stuck into the food blender, what would you do to get out?

 

 

  • Could you consider wearing a bit more make – up if we hire you?

 

 

  • What was the most traumatic experience to happen in your personal life?

 

 

  • If you had a choice between two superpowers — being invisible or flying — which would you choose?

 

 

  • How do I rate as an interviewer?

 

Question 38 might be a bit ridiculous, but it actually shows something essentially important.

 

The interviewer is a normal human-being as you.

 

Sometimes the interviewer tries to make you feel uncomfortable on purpose, tries to challenge you and even scare you a bit with his/her questions. But most often they are as concerned whether or not they perform well as you are.

 

We give you the second portion to prepare you that you can always expect the unexpected.

 

But if you keep smiling, keep answering with your positive attitude,

 

At the end of the day everything will be all right.

 
 
 
 
 
 

Top job interview questions to ask

What questions should I ask during the interview?

 

 

If you’re a serious candidate you must ask questions and if I’m a serious company, I must answer your questions.
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A job interview is not just about that you should be grilled to the interviewer. It is equally important that you get answers to your questions.

 

Most employers expect that you have interesting questions to ask. Concentrate on what is important to you, and show simultaneously your interest in the company and the position.

 

If you do not ask questions, there is a risk that you will be perceived as passive and uninterested.

 

 

Prepare therefore at least five questions for the interview.

 

 

Example of questions you can ask about the current position:

 

 

1. Why is this position available? (That is what happened to that previously had the job?)

 

2. What is the job of key responsibilities?

 

3. What goals are set up for the position and how will the company that the goal be achieved?

 

4. In what way measured my performance?

 

5. What problems achieving the goals I can usually expect?

 

6. What type of support and skills can I expect from the company?

 

7. What are your expectations of me / the receiving position?

 

8. What are my closest contacts in the business?

 

 

Example of questions about the company:

 

9. Why is X a good company to work for?

 

10. What the company expects first and foremost of its employees?

 

11. Are there any expansion plans?

 

12. What is the staff turnover rate?

 

13. What does the company to create good relations in the workplace?

 

14. How would you describe the company culture?

 

To also show interest in the current industry, it is a good idea to have questions about things happening in the market.

 

It is questions like:

 

“How do you think it will affect the future of the company that your two main competitors will be merged?”

 

Normally, questions about wages and benefits are not taken up at the first interview, as it can easily indicate to you are more interested by what you can get from the company than vice versa.

 

How interviewer reacts to and answer your questions gives you a good insight into the company, and help you to determine if the position is right for you.
 

 

 

 

 

 

What you need to eat before a job interview and why it matters

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Turns out, what you do on the day of the interview will contribute much more to how well you do in the interview itself.

  • For example, how much sleep have you gotten?
  • What are you planning to wear?
  • And what do you eat to be sure your mind and body are properly nourished?

 

When you eat well-balanced, nutritional meals and snacks before your interview, you will feel more alert and focused, be able to recall facts and experiences easier, and will generally be more equipped to impress your interviewers.

 

So what is the best thing to eat before a job interview?

Check out the information below to learn what are the best foods you can eat (and why), what foods to avoid, and some ideas for tasty, brain-boosting meals.

 

 

What should you eat before a job interview?

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Proper nutrition is essential in all aspects of life so it shouldn’t be overlooked during the build up to an important interview or meeting.

 

A poor diet can lead to lethargy and sloppiness, whereas a healthy and balanced nutritional intake can give you a laser sharp focus, heightened awareness and really help to shake those dreaded interview nerves.

 

FATTY ACIDS (OMEGA 3)

Omega-3 fats build brain cell membranes and promote new brain cell information.

 

In other words, they make you smarter – great for sharpening your question-answering wit.

 

FOUND IN

  • Salmon
  • Cod liver oil
  • Eggs
  • Flaxseed
  • Kale

 

BENEFITS

  • Improve mood
  • Fight depression and dementia
  • Improve memory and focus

 

B VITAMINS

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The B vitamin family help your body to produce mood boosting serotonin, dopamine and GABA which balance your brain chemicals for an all-round increase in mental well-being.

 

Excellent for keeping you cool during a tensed interview.

 

FOUND IN

  • Eggs
  • Peas
  • Broccoli
  • Spinach
  • Meat

 

BENEFITS

  • Prevent anxiety and low self-esteem
  • Prevent insomnia
  • Increase energy and motivation levels

 

WHOLEGRAINS

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Wholegrain slowly release glucose into the bloodstream which is essentially an energy source that keeps the brain functioning.

 

FOUND IN

  • Brown cereals
  • Brown pasta
  • Granary bread

 

BENEFITS

  • Increased concentration and focus
  • Increased mental alertness

 

COFFEE (IN MODERATION)

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Caffeine is a stimulant which can stimulate the production of adrenalin and dopamine to provide some great short term mental boosts during an interview.

 

BENEFITS (AFTER 20 MINUTES OF DRINKING)

  • Increased alertness and concentration levels
  • Pupil dilation which can lead to sharper vision
  • Reduced tiredness

 

CAUTIONS

  • Energy effects will wear off after 3 hours and cause a “crash” so drink about one hour before your interview
  • Too much coffee can cause twitchiness so stick to small cup
  • Coffee has a laxative type effect on roughly 3 out of every 10 people – if you are one of them, it may be best to avoid coffee altogether

 

Foods to avoid on the day

 

  • TOO MANY CARBOHYDRATES

Consuming lots of carbohydrates like potatoes, bread and pasta causes the brain to release large amounts of tryptophan which reduces alertness and can even cause you to doze off within a couple of hours.

 

A small amount of carbohydrates is OK but pre-interview meals should be more protein heavy with a greater percentage of foods like fish, meat and eggs.

 

  • SMELLY FOODS

 

Odorous foods like garlic and onions should be avoided for 24 hours before your interview as they not only cause bad breath, but can even be secreted from your sweat glands, which won’t create a great first impression.

  • TOO MUCH WATER

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It’s essential to stay hydrated but too much water before an interview will have you running for the bathroom between every question.

 

Drink a little beforehand and ask the interviewer for a glass to stop your mouth from drying during the interview itself.

 

 

Tasty brain boosting pre-interview meals

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Tip: Eat between 1-2 hours before interviewing to allow proper digestion.

 

Some meals’ suggestions we give you in order to provide the best nutrition sources for your body and mind:

 

  • Salmon, broccoli and brown pasta (flavor with low-fat pasta sauce)

 

  • Chicken and kale wrap (with seeded wrap)

 

  • Scrambled eggs and spinach on granary toast

 

 

 

 

 

 

What to wear on your next job interview

You want to show the best part of your personality and act with professionalism.

 

You’ve spent the right time preparing your answers, researching and digging into depths of the business character.

 

You’re well armed with knowledge and already read our Ultimate Questionnaire:

38 questions + answers for your job interview article (if not – it’s time to do it now).

 

But it turns out there’s no need to talk.

 

Because before you even sit down, they’ve already started forming an opinion.

 

“If you go to an interview in butcher’s, wearing high heels, that’s going to be weird, right?”

 

Depending on the business character and the type of clients the company works with, the interviewer already has a profile he/she is seeking for in their mind.

 

Their perfect candidate should master the right way of dressing, which will correspond to the clients as professional and positive as possible.

 

As a possible future employee in the company you would be communicating its values through the way you look.

That is why the interviewer needs to see he/she can count on you to be dressed properly, meeting their expectations for a professional impression.

 

Appearance is a big factor in making a good first impression.

 

With our tips bellow you can reach the level which can guarantee that you’re on the right page of expectations.

 

“I work in a company, where everyone wears suits and everyone in Denmark knows that about the company. So showing up in sneakers just shows you’re not interested in working there. The dress code depends mostly on culture. It’s a culture thing – country and company culture.”

 

So what are the steps you need to go through in order to assure you made a successful choice?

 

Proper outfit for an interview must comply with the industry in which the company you are applying for operates, and by geographic region and time of the year.

 

  • Take time to research the company and the field – get to know the main competitors, then you will have the main guidelines in choosing the right clothes for the first meeting with the employer.

 

  • If you still are not sure what to wear, call the department “Human Resources” in the company itself and ask what is advisable to wear.

 

  • If you are still in doubt, dress more formally. Better practise is to do so, instead of ending up with too casual outfit for this type of business.

 

  • Make sure your clothes are clean and pressed.

 

  • Avoid wearing too much perfume.

 

  • Wear makeup or jewelry only if they comply with the sphere of the company’s activities.

 

  • Think about the image you want to create during the interview and then select clothing that make a good impression and is consistent with the character you would like to recreate.

 

You do not have any appropriate clothing at home?

 

Go to a big store and ask for help from a sales consultant. They will always help you with specific tips, which will ease your choice and make you feel confident about yourself and your decision.

 

In order to keep you on the right track, let’s follow some bad examples of job interview outfits:

 

Imagine a man dressed in a dark suit in August, applying for a construction worker’s position.

 

Can you guess why his interviewer would think that he had lost his mind?

 

Well, his clothing obviously is inappropriate – not only for the position and for the industry itself, but also for this specific time of the year.

 

So next time when you are going to a job interview, take the time necessary for the selection of appropriate clothing.

 

Do not rush your choice and count on plain “sixth sense”.

 

You need more than that in order to impress by the first moment you enter the room.

You need to communicate the figure of a reliable candidate, who will be the best embodiment of qualities, charm and vision, put all together.

 

The interview must be able to imagine yourself representing his business in the most successful and impressive way, using all available tools.

In fact, as a result of the interviews we performed, the experts shared look as one of the first (by importance and sequence) assets of their candidates, which get precisely estimated.

 

It’s pretty easy to asses whether or not the person in front of you is a good match for your business from this exact point of view.

 

But it’s not all about dress code, there is a bit more priceless information to discover and be prepared with.

 

What is more important than the way our body feels?

 

In order to compliment your conversation and looks with perfect attitudes, acts and feel, which will amaze the person across the table, take a look at the article bellow and plan your meal with the best advices you can find on the web:

 

Getting caught without some crucial item can throw off your confidence and make your interviewers question your preparedness level, which can be easily addressed to your preparedness to take on the position.

 

And therefore, we can advice you with few words:

 

  • do your homework,
  • formulate good questions and impressive answers,
  • and carry all the right stuff with you

 

For more advices on how to give outstanding answers to the interviewer’s questions and what to ask him/her during the interview, read our 38 questions + answers article now.

 

The better prepared you are, the better you can relax and present yourself as the best solution to the employer’s problem.

 

So waste no time, but follow the full set of tools we offer you and start building up your successful future.

 

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