Last updated March 25, 2020
The Applicant Packet
For every interview, I bring an "applicant packet" for each interviewer, plus an extra packet (just in case). I print my documents on white cardstock (118lb), but regular copy paper works also. After greeting the interviewer, I give them my packet. Interviewers are usually pleasantly surprised to see a cover letter with their name on it, along with (several) letters of recommendations.
By bringing these documents, it shows the employer & interviewer that you are prepared to work & eager to start a new opportunity. In addition, having a document with the interviewer's name on it shows your ability to pay attention to detail & your willingness to go the extra mile.
PRO TIP: If you have a creative résumé you want to share, bring it to the interview instead of uploading it into the company's ATS. Upload a modern-day résumé that follows a more traditional format to be on the safe side.
I like to keep my applicant packet in a padfolio to prevent it from getting wrinkled or dirty. If you do not own one, I highly encourage you to invest in a one. A padfolio is typically a leather folder-like organizer that has a writing pad in it. Most of them have a pen holder & some pockets, & some of them have a zipper to stay closed. They cost about $15+ & can be purchased on Amazon.
As always, remember to be confident. Although you should always be professional, it's still very important to stay true to who you are. Don't be afraid to laugh or crack a joke (when appropriate). Nowadays, companies are often hiring employees who meet the requirements for the position and fit in with the company culture. Know that you can do it!
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