What Should I Take to an Interview?

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If you’ve been invited to an interview, there is a lot to prepare including what you will take with you. 

Before you head off to your interview, there are 7 essential things which you should take with you. 

Printed copies of your CV 

Most interviewers will have printed their own to refer to but there is no harm in you taking a copy too. Be sure to print a few copies off because you never know how many people you will be interviewed by. 

Any other requested documents 

Some interviewers may require you to take additional documentation such as references. Always be sure to read your interview invite beforehand to ensure you take any relevant documents with you. 

A portfolio of past work 

Depending on the job role you’re applying for, a hiring manager may want to see a portfolio of previous work. Sometimes this will be required at the CV stage but there is no harm in taking a physical version to the interview too. A portfolio of work will give the hiring manager a very visual idea of your skills and experience. 

A notebook and pen 

In most interviews, you won’t be required to make any notes but you may wish to jot down key information which is discussed during the interview. Making notes shows that you are actively listening to what they’re saying and engaged in the conversation. 

A bottle of water 

Most interviewers will offer you a drink but it is a good idea to take your own bottle of water in case they don’t. 


It is essential that you ask 2-3 insightful questions at the end of the interview to show that you are genuinely interested in the role.  

Your A game

Reaching the interview stage is a big deal; you wouldn’t want to mess up your chances by not putting your best foot forward. Have a plan - and a back up plan - to ensure the whole interview process runs smoothly.  

What not to bring to an interview 

  • Chewing gum.
  • A mobile phone which isn’t on silent. 
  • Food. 
  • A negative attitude. 
  • Shopping bags. 

Who is Spencer Clarke Group? 

Since 2017, we've been changing the face of recruitment. From our employees, to the way we do business, to the culture within our office, we're determined to make a difference and create a positive impact on everyone around us.

Recruitment to us isn't just about matching candidates and clients; we’re passionate about finding candidates the perfect job which has the ability to boost their salary and standard of living, better their work life balance and improve their mental health. 

Similarly, we understand the impact which an experienced and skilled employee can make to a business and we love seeing clients thrive through the hard work of candidates which we have placed with them. 

We operate in two sectors:

Private Sector

Public Sector 

In eleven specialisms:

Accountancy & Finance

Education & SEND

Construction, Trades & Labour

Healthcare, Social Care & Nursing


Corporate Functions & Business Support

HR & Workforce Development

IT & Digital

Property & Asset Management  

Planning, Development & Regeneration 

Highways, Infrastructure & Engineering

If you’re searching for a new role, why not visit our job page to take a look at the latest opportunities? Alternatively, upload your CV and one of our experienced consultants will contact you when a relevant opportunity becomes available. 

If you’re struggling to fill a role, why don’t you give us a call on 01772 954200 to see how we can help? One of our consultants will be happy to listen to the challenges which you are facing and advise on the best possible solution for you.

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