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Question on what to carry to the interview [#permalink] New post 07 Nov 2009, 22:21
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Any suggestions on what things one should carry to the interview? Should i take a copy of the resume? Anything else?
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Re: Question on what to carry to the interview [#permalink] New post 07 Nov 2009, 22:24
A portfolio would be nice and a note pad/pen would be helpful if you need to write things down sometimes.

I don't think these days people use "briefcase" anymore, since really who brings documents when you have a laptop. Girls can carry a purse of fine leather.
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Re: Question on what to carry to the interview [#permalink] New post 07 Nov 2009, 22:35
Should I carry my laptop? What did everyone do?
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Re: Question on what to carry to the interview [#permalink] New post 07 Nov 2009, 23:09
When i meet my interviewer should I give him a copy of my resume/ offer a copy of my resume or wait for him to ask me for it.
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Re: Question on what to carry to the interview [#permalink] New post 07 Nov 2009, 23:27
I didn't bring my laptop. Just a portfolio with resume/note pad/pen. They will ask you for your resume if they don't already have it.
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Re: Question on what to carry to the interview [#permalink] New post 08 Nov 2009, 01:42
just bring a portfolio with some papers inside, a pen, and your resume. dont bring a laptop or anything like that. also, keep your phone off or on silent (not vibrate), as if it vibrates in the middle of your interview, chances are they will still be able to hear it.
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Re: Question on what to carry to the interview [#permalink] New post 08 Nov 2009, 10:37
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Re: Question on what to carry to the interview [#permalink] New post 08 Nov 2009, 14:04
also business cards!
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Re: Question on what to carry to the interview [#permalink] New post 10 Nov 2009, 09:13
I agree with everyone here...checklist should be a nice portfolio, nice pen, resume, business cards, and HEAD SHOTS (j/k) :lol:
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Re: Question on what to carry to the interview [#permalink] New post 25 Jan 2010, 14:01
Sorry for the ignorance. But what is a portfolio?
Do you just mean a folder that contains resume, blank papers, pen etc? or some more documents of yourpast achievements?
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Sorry for the ignorance. But what is a portfolio?
Do you just mean a folder that contains resume, blank papers, pen etc? or some more documents of yourpast achievements?


Yes, usually leather too. Sometimes called a "padfolio". Google it.

I bought a nice enough black one in college at the university bookstore for like 20 or 30 bucks. Has holder for pad of paper, opposite side for other papers, and slot for business cards.

Example:
http://common3.csnimages.com/lf/1/hash/ ... dfolio.jpg
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Re: Question on what to carry to the interview [#permalink] New post 25 Jan 2010, 14:31
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Re: Question on what to carry to the interview [#permalink] New post 25 Jan 2010, 14:38
Isn't it redundant to bring a portfolio if the only thing you're going to have in it is a copy of your resume? If you've already submitted an application to the school you're interviewing at, they've probably read your resume and will have a copy waiting in the interview room.

I didn't bring anything to mine, but then again I haven't gotten in anywhere so my opinion isn't worth much.
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Re: Question on what to carry to the interview [#permalink] New post 25 Jan 2010, 14:51
Bringing the extra resume is interviewing 101. Maybe they read your resume, but didn't print it out, or forgot sections of it. It is always good to have an extra resume, it makes you look more prepared then not having one. Why take the risk of not bringing one?
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Re: Question on what to carry to the interview [#permalink] New post 25 Jan 2010, 14:52
I'd bring it. You never know if the interviewer may have forgotten yours, or misplaced it, or perhaps the school didn't print it out. Its the same reason you bring copies to normal job interviews too
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Re: Question on what to carry to the interview [#permalink] New post 25 Jan 2010, 15:28
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Isn't it redundant to bring a portfolio if the only thing you're going to have in it is a copy of your resume? If you've already submitted an application to the school you're interviewing at, they've probably read your resume and will have a copy waiting in the interview room.

I didn't bring anything to mine, but then again I haven't gotten in anywhere so my opinion isn't worth much.


For at least 2 of my 4 interviews, I was asked for a resume, even though I had uploaded it as part of the interview confirmation (they also had it in my application). Part of me was wondering why they didn't just print it off, and the other part of me felt a huge wave of relief that I came prepared on the expectation they had lost all of my materials.

You don't want to let the things you have complete control over pose any risk to your candidacy.
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Re: Question on what to carry to the interview [#permalink] New post 25 Jan 2010, 16:35
I second all the posters saying that that bringing an extra resume just makes good sense. As for the actual portfolio/padfolio itself, I'd say that's mostly style points. It's not like bringing in your resume in a plain manila folder is going to get you automatically dinged. OTOH, as they say, you only have one chance to make a first impression, and who really knows what a random interviewer might consider important.
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Re: Question on what to carry to the interview [#permalink] New post 25 Jan 2010, 17:56
Along those lines, feel free to leave the bic pen that you've chewed in half at home too :)
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Re: Question on what to carry to the interview [#permalink] New post 26 Jan 2010, 21:37
Good question and great answers.
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Re: Question on what to carry to the interview [#permalink] New post 06 Dec 2010, 19:05
Is it inappropriate to bring a small gift? I am a re-applicant interviewing with the same adcom officer as last year and she mentioned that she could use some of the products that my company sells. I can get sample products for a negligible price.

Do you think that a small gift could be misconstrued as being inappropriate?
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