You have an interview scheduled because what you are currently doing, just isn’t working! We understand and that’s what we are here for. We’re also here to make sure you succeed so I am here today to share the most common (and harmful) interview mistake that I see. After I reveal this mistake, I will also offer some advice on how to tackle it and why it can even cost you the job!
Most common interview mistake- Not bringing your resume!
Yes, it’s true. I frequently interview candidates who forget to bring in their resume. Read on to see how you can combat this and why it’s so important.
Why is it so important?
- Picture this, your interview goes well and the company really likes you. However, they were so fascinated with your answers and occupied with making sure they asked you all the questions they had, that they forgot your name! Or they had so many candidates in the running and now they forgot who was who! How will they get in touch with you now? Sure, they saw your resume on Indeed or perhaps you emailed your resume to them but that would mean they have to remember your name to find your email and resume. See where I’m going with this? If it’s a lot of trouble to track you down the company could move onto the next best candidate which costs you the opportunity!
What can I do?
- Be prepared! If you know you have an interview coming up the next day, make sure you have a printed copy of your resume ready to go. Also, if you know you are in the market for a new job you may as well have several copies ready so you are prepared to interview at the drop of a hat! Besides, how bad do you really want to change your current situation?
- Also, if you don’t have a printer, go to Staples, Office Depot, or the library and get those copies ahead of time. That’s probably the most common excuse I hear for not having the resume. I understand printers are expensive. However, ask yourself again. How badly do you want to change your current situation? Head on over to a copy center and get those resumes printed.
Extra Tip! If you really want to stand out, have a picture of yourself on your resume! Don’t worry, it doesn’t have to be Instagram or SnapChat material (and in fact, you really should skip extravagant filters altogether!) but this way the company will definitely remember you and identify you.