Bring You RAP Game
It can be a guessing game as to what to bring to a job interview. However, there are some essential every candidate should bring with them. And here is a cool acronym to remember RAP:
Resume Application information Professional references
Resume – Bring extra copies of your resume. Yes, they may already have them, but just in case, you want the company to have the latest versions of your resume. Also, many candidates will have the plain text one that they use to upload online, but then they’ll bring the fancy resume with them to the interview. This would be the one that stands out in the pile. And since it will be hand delivered, there’s no need to worry about it being read by computer software.
Application info – Chances are that you are going to have to fill out a paper resume when you arrive. This is not always the case, but you still want to be prepared. Typical information would include the addresses of the past companies you worked for, the name of the person that you reported to, their title and contact information, and possibly previous salaries (starting and ending). Better to have this information on a document ready to use then to have to Google the address of all the previous places you’ve worked.
Professional references – If you have reference letters from previous companies, bring copies to leave with the interviewer. This could also mean a list of people that you worked with in the past. These are the people that can attest to you working for the company and that would say nice things about you, of course. And since we are on the subject bring some personal references as well. For either (professional or personal) you want to include their name, email, phone number, address, and how you are connected to them. For the professional references include title/position, and for personal include relation (family/friend).
Having this information ready before hand could save you valuable time at the interview.