by Phil Baker,
This interview list will help you make sure you are prepared for your job interview. Did you know more than 90% of job candidates are not adequately prepared to fill out a job application? Yes I said a whopping 90%!
For legal purposes, almost all employers will require you to fill out a job application. You can beat out 90% of other candidates just by reviewing this interview list and having what you need.
You may have sailed through your oral job interview questions like a star, but donâ€™t forget to watch out for the traps hidden in the written portion of the application process. Some of these traps will be presented to you in the heat of the moment. Others were sprung before you even walked through the door.
As an example, you need look no further than the HR team. A typical HR department is loaded with forms that have to be completed and filed for each job candidate. Some of these forms are for internal tracking purposes, while others go to the federal government and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). Applicants have a tendency to zip through these forms, not realizing that errors, mistakes, or blank spaces will lead to their swift rejection.
When included as part of the oral job interview questions, paperwork is still vitally important. Writing samples may be timed, but creating shorter samples that are legible and free of spelling errors is more important than churning out pages of illegible chicken scratching. For online testing documents that have grammar and spell check built into the system, errors of this nature will result in immediate rejection.
With HR managers and hiring teams looking to filter you out based on tiny, nit-picking little things like this, it is important to take every element of the application process seriously and complete all paperwork clearly and accurately. Itâ€™s not enough to impress your future boss with your answers to the standard job interview questions. You also have to be able to appease the HR minions and administrative staff who are just waiting for you to give them an excuse to say no to your applications. Breathe deeply, focus, and take the extra time to ensure you donâ€™t fall into one of their paperwork pitfalls.
In addition to your resume you should bring information about:
(Download a printable pdf file of this interview list.)
The What to Bring Interview List
â€¢Grade Point Average
â€¢Reason for Leaving
â€¢Office Equipment Operated
â€¢Specific Technical Skills
â€¢Social Security Number
â€¢Military Discharge Papers
â€¢Driverâ€™s License or Photo Identification Copy
â€¢Social Security Card Copy
â€¢Visa or Work Papers
â€¢Special Certification Copies
Review this interview list before every job interview.
Make sure you always bring a pencil and two pens.
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Hyoâ€™s Note â€“ Not only is Phil the creator of the OneClick Cover Letter Creator SoftwareÂ ProgramÂ (a ridiculous easy to use, yet effective software that creates cover letters tailored to your needs) which you can visit here, or you can read my review of it here, but he also has a tremendous website, www.ResumeDictionary.com.Â Resume DictionaryÂ might just be the best, free resume resource site out there – jammed with great information and tips on getting your resume water tight and rocking.