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What do you take to an interview?

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What do you take, Other than yourself to an interview...Samples of work? How is this conveyed? Powerpoints, Visio Diagrams of what etc???

 

What are your thoughts.....

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Depends what the role is. I'm a senior test analyst, so I just take me and the job spec. If you're interviewing for a creative position such as a graphic designer, then you'd take your portfolio.

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A high level support role like 3rd line Server/network engineer for example. 

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A few professional printed copies of my resume as well as letters recommendation and any proof of any certs/degrees that I may have.  Sometimes the interviewers forget to bring a copy of the resume with them.

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I take a hot woman with me that will make the interviewer hires me quick..  :p

 

/Joking.. 

 

Depends on the role...  you can answer correctly to the questions and what the reason you want the job and all...   The interviewer will consider to hire you or not.

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Generall I take 3 things,

 

Copies of my Resume / CV

My own Business Cards (all my cards have on them is my name in large font and my phone number, nothing else)

A small notebook (about the shape of a deck of cards but only 1cm in thickness. (and a pen of course)

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In the UK references are requested once you've secured the role, I'd be livid if someone interviewing me approached by boss for a reference BEFORE I'd signed a new contract.

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I'd be livid if someone interviewing me approached by boss for a reference BEFORE I'd signed a new contract.

 

I would be pursuing legal action.  Interviews should conducted under NDA when you reach a level that would require that discretion.

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I take a messenger bag. Inside which is:

 

  • A few copies of my CV/Resum?
  • a pen
  • a pencil
  • A notepad
  • A can of body spray
  • Any notes I made prior to the interview (if there's time before the interview I'll look over the notes again)
    • Company information (always good to know about the company you're interviewing for)
    • Any revision notes if there's a technical test.

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In the UK references are requested once you've secured the role, I'd be livid if someone interviewing me approached by boss for a reference BEFORE I'd signed a new contract.

 

Why?

 

It's so that they know you're a good hire. If you do good work, there should be no issues with someone asking your boss what your work ethic is like...

I come from the Great White North, where it's usually 3 references when applying for the job, and they usually call after you've interviewed but before they offer.

 

Or are you referring to a "portfolio" as it were?

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Meh, I just whip out my light sabre, gets them every time. /s

The bare necessities. Usually a thumb drive with a copy of my resume on it. (recently received a free 128GB USB DataSport flash drive and I take it with me everywhere)

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I take a messenger bag. Inside which is:

 

  • A few copies of my CV/Resum?
  • a pen
  • a pencil
  • A notepad
  • A can of body spray
  • Any notes I made prior to the interview (if there's time before the interview I'll look over the notes again)
    • Company information (always good to know about the company you're interviewing for)
    • Any revision notes if there's a technical test.

 

A can of body spray?

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I would just bring a Surface Pro 3 so instead of asking me interview questions, they say "oh hey, is that the new Surface Pro 3? Show me how that kickstand works... show me the pen!" and they end up liking the device so much they hire you without qualification.

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A can of body spray?

 

If they don't hire you, you can MACE the mofos.

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If they don't hire you, you can MACE the mofos.

 

Hahah.  

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A can of body spray?

 

Yes. I bring one too. As well as a Pen, Paper, Code samples, Design samples, funny anecdotes and a smile.

 

The night before I learn as much as I can about the stuff they do then write out a test so I memorise it. I then prepare questions that make it seem like I slightly doubt the abilities of the Company. People love that crap. I don't know why, but they do. Well in my experience, your results may vary.

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Yes. I bring one too. As well as a Pen, Paper, Code samples, Design samples, funny anecdotes and a smile.

 

The night before I learn as much as I can about the stuff they do then write out a test so I memorise it. I then prepare questions that make it seem like I slightly doubt the abilities of the Company. People love that crap. I don't know why, but they do. Well in my experience, your results may vary.

 

Also good to make sure you know about the company you are interviewing for.  I have interviewed people and many don't know what the company they are interviewing for, does.

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A list of questions to ask the company, specific to their policies and the duties involved with the role you're applying for. I've been told several times that I stood out because of this, with one in particular saying they were impressed.

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A can of body spray?

 

Never hurts to have one to hand in case you get stuck in traffic on a hot summer day. Never used it to date, but better have it and not need it, than to need it and smell funk-ay :)

 

If they don't hire you, you can MACE the mofos.

 

Also this ^

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Why?

 

It's so that they know you're a good hire. If you do good work, there should be no issues with someone asking your boss what your work ethic is like...

I come from the Great White North, where it's usually 3 references when applying for the job, and they usually call after you've interviewed but before they offer.

 

Or are you referring to a "portfolio" as it were?

 

Nobody should contact your existing employer until you have given them authorisation.  I have been offered a fair few jobs that I have declined for various reasons and opted to stay with my current employer.  If they got wind of me going for interviews they would potentially not be happy.

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Why?

 

It's so that they know you're a good hire. If you do good work, there should be no issues with someone asking your boss what your work ethic is like...

I come from the Great White North, where it's usually 3 references when applying for the job, and they usually call after you've interviewed but before they offer.

 

Or are you referring to a "portfolio" as it were?

 

Last thing I want is my boss knowing I've got a new job, until I've signed that new contract! My boss would be one of my referees.

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Amazing good looks and stunning wit.

 

*Not a normal sense of realism though.

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Amazing good looks and stunning wit.

 

*Not a normal sense of realism though.

 

Did you get the job?

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Did you get the job?

 

Sadly no. The fools said i was to boring and ugly pffft.

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Nobody should contact your existing employer until you have given them authorisation.  I have been offered a fair few jobs that I have declined for various reasons and opted to stay with my current employer.  If they got wind of me going for interviews they would potentially not be happy.

 

 

Last thing I want is my boss knowing I've got a new job, until I've signed that new contract! My boss would be one of my referees.

 

Hmmm. Interesting.

 

I guess it's different, as I have several people "above" me to use as references (Data Admin < Network Admin < IT Manager) and around me, and I'm not afraid of my "top" boss knowing I'm looking for other employment. They should be unhappy that I would be looking elsewhere because of their practices/environment/salary, rather than just because I'm looking. That's if they're a decent employer that values their people.

If your boss is a reference, then I can understand that you wouldn't want him/her to be called. Personally, I am of the opinion you shouldn't just have one reference from any company you work at, unless absolutely necessary though.

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