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Tools of the Trade
Show your interviewers that you plan ahead by bringing along the essentials you’ll need for a smooth interview, including a pen to take notes. If you plan to bring research or prepared questions, use colored flags to highlight specifics, and carry a folder to keep any handouts you receive neatly organized.
Do Your Homework
Dial down nerves by researching the company in advance. Go in with a pad that includes all of your notes and questions for your interviewer. Avoid getting tripped up by writing sample questions that you may be asked on index cards and asking friends to help you practice answering.
Dress the Part
Choose accessories that fit into the company culture, but err on the side of being conservative. A basic black or brown portfolio usually makes a better impression than a neon leather handbag, unless you're vying for a more creative position such as fashion internship that values a keen eye.
Leave the Prints to the Pros
Have important materials such as business cards printed by pros to demonstrate that you take this opportunity seriously. You don't need to spend a fortune, but your work should look polished and presentable, so plan for extras such as printed labels and report covers.
A Friendly Follow-Up
Make sure you cement a positive first impressions by mailing a thank-you note to whomever interviewed you. Use simple, high-quality stationery, and keep your language concise and professional. If you're bad with names, jot them down in your agenda whenever you are introduced to someone new.
Create a back-up plan for anything digital, whether you are showing a multimedia presentation or interviewing over a video conference app such as Skype. Ask in advance about the interviewer's preferred software and file type, then back up crucial files on both a DVD and a thumb drive.