You’re interviewing for a job tomorrow, and you think you've done all the interview preparation you need to do. You’ve practiced your answers to a multitude of common interview questions and have thought up some questions to ask the interviewer. Your interview suit is pressed and ready. But what do you bring to the interview?
Your Resume and Job/Professional References: But don’t just throw these crucial documents in your bag. According to Stein, linguists and psychologists have found that 93 percent of all communication is nonverbal. How you present this information says a lot about you. To that end, Stein recommends you buy an inexpensive two-pocket folder in blue, since this color appeals to both men and women and conveys a business feel. On the left side, place your resume, and on the right, your letters of recommendation and list of references.
Pad and Pen: Taking a few notes during your interview (while being careful not to stare at your notepad the whole time) is another sign of respect.
Directions: Knowing where you’re going relieves anxiety – also give yourself plenty of extra time to account for traffic or getting lost.
Company Research: In almost every interview, you’ll be asked what you know about the company, To prepare for this question, check out the company on Hoovers.com and review their website.
A Smile: It may sound sappy, but this nonverbal clue is an immediate rapport-builder.
What to leave behind:
Cellphone: If you must take it with you, make sure it stays turned off and out of sight; it’s a huge sign of disrespect to be interrupted during an interview or give the appearance you’ll be interrupted.
A version of this post first appeared on Monster.com here.