Updated: Feb 28
Tired of going to interviews and not getting the desired feedback? Do this one thing for your next interview.
This means being prepared with a notebook and pen when you go to an interview (and really even when you have a phone screen.)
Don't just bring loose paper and a pen with a chewed cap to your interview. (Not judging your pen chewing habit, just saying there's a time and a place for that poor pen-cap and it's not in an interview.)
Sounds obvious, right?
But hey!! Guess what? It's not obvious to everyone!!
Appearances DO matter and if you bring a few loose pieces of paper to write on, you're going to come across as unorganized. Is that the message you want to send about yourself? I'm going to go out on a limb and guess no...
Make sure you bring a notebook that is bound in some way and doesn't look like the one that a toddler believes is actually hers that you just store for her in your purse (you know what I'm talking about, the one with doodles and stickers in between grocery lists!)
Bring an extra pen, and make sure they both work!
These little things are frequently taken for granted by folks at all levels, but communicate what your resume doesn't. Show your interviewer that you are serious in your interest by doing more than showing up. Arrive fully prepared!