From the book How to Prepare for an Employment Interview.
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Here's an area where you may have an easy time standing out from the competition and making an impression on an employer.
In some creative fields, printed or visual materials are a standard requirement of any employment interview. Anyone who works as a writer or artist-in advertising for example-is familiar with preparing portfolios and going to interviews with their "book". TV and radio hosts always send tapes with their resumes.
But most of us won't be expected to bring any visual presentation materials with us to an interview. Many employers will ask for a list of references, and they've probably seen your resume and possibly a cover letter, but that's about it.
In most interviews, all that is given to the employer to look at is the interviewee's body language and appearance. And all they have to hold on to afterwards is your resume.
Coming in with prepared visuals creates several opportunities to make an impression on the interviewer.
It shows the employer that you've put some thought and effort into preparing for your interview.
It provides tangible evidence of your ability to communicate effectively paper-and orally (when used to augment the words you speak).
It gives the employer something they can hold on to as a reminder of your interview and your abilities.
And it's something that few others will bring...[continued here]