What to bring to an interview

Hello Huttle! I have an interview set up for an internship position at a PR firm this Wednesday. Below I have a few questions I'd like to ask. This is my third interview for a PR internship positionand one thing I've learned is to bring samples of my writing.
•How should I present my each: resume, cover letter, references and letter of recommendation(in one folder). Should I provide a separate folder for samples of my writing and how many samples would be appropriate to bring? should it be 2-3, 4?
•What are some questions I should prepare for. I'll try and add the link to my resume on a google doc.
•If you have any other suggestions I didn't mention please feel free to let me know. Thank you again for the help
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Sorry for the late response but I wanted to come back on here and thank you for the advice as it is helping me learn in my continued path to landing a job out of college, very much appreciated!

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I think you were going to do a presentation in my 116 class tonight. I have cancelled class due to my cold hanging on. Maybe next week?

Yes of course sounds great,I'll be able to come next Monday and Tuesday thank you professor for letting me know !

Do you have a tablet? A nifty way to display your writing samples during an interview is on a tablet (and then you can email the files in your follow-up thank you). If you don't have a tablet, maybe you can borrow from a friend or parent. It's not an expectation that you use a tablet, it's just a creative idea for you! If you can't get ahold of one, just bring your samples in a folder and have it out on the table during the interview so you can quickly flip to it as it makes sense during the conversation. Keep in mind that the interview is going to be primarily questions and conversation, and sometimes there won't be time to look at writing samples. That's okay - simply having them there shows you are prepared and you can offer to send the samples on email as follow up! In terms of how many to bring, just bring your best 2-3 because it's not likely you're going to have time to go through them all during the interview (and often, the interviewer is going to be more interested in talking to you then looking at writing samples during the interview).

Congrats on getting the interview! I'll start my advice off by saying I haven't interviewed for a PR position before, but let's go through your questions one by one:

** 1) How should I present my each: resume, cover letter, references and letter of recommendation(in one folder). Should I provide a separate folder for samples of my writing and how many samples would be appropriate to bring? should it be 2-3, 4? **

I would have your resume, cover letter, and reference in one folder, and then your writing samples in another folder. This creates two clear file types: one bundle that outlines your experience and qualifications and the other that is your writing samples to review if they feel the writing samples are an important addition to your application. For writing samples, I would always go with the rule of 3. Three always seems to be a solid number as one or two always feels a little light. Plus, with three, you can have a variety of pieces that illustrate your different strengths, and make sure that you select a variety!

**2) What are some questions I should prepare for. I'll try and add the link to my resume on a google doc. **

I would research current clients of the company and any relevant news to create tailored questions that prove you did your research. For example, if they've recently closed a big account, ask them what that process was like and how this role might be able to contribute to the success of that account. Or, ask questions that highlight your eagerness to learn and grow. For example, you might be interested in pursuing your passion for sports so a good question might be "My background as a sports broadcaster and my position at Blogtalk Radio has given a unique perspective on sports. Would this role be able to contribute to your portfolio of sports accounts?" And, if they say, "No." You can quickly adapt by saying, "That's good to know as I am also interested in becoming more of a PR generalist and very eager to work on accounts in the ______ field."

But key takeaway: research the company, research your interviewers, and ask questions that are super relevant and shows you put in the work to be prepared.

**3) If you have any other suggestions I didn't mention please feel free to let me know. **

Be confident. Listen to the question, take a beat to process, and then answer. Get all your interviewers email addresses and send them a thank you email within 24 hours of the interview.

Best of luck and reply black to let us know how it went!