Carry-On Luggage: The ONLY Thing that a Job Candidate Should Carry during an On-Site Job Interview

If a candidate passes the first or second interview, s/he may receive an invitation from a potential employer to conduct an on-site job interview in a corporate location. This interview is crucial because the candidate will meet with all decision makers in an organization and often, a hiring decision will be made after this on-site interview. Then, what should a job candidate prepare for this on-site job interview? The very basic rule is: never check in any luggage for this trip!

Yes, a candidate must minimize the possibility of losing a check-in luggage on a trip for job interviews --- imagine what a nervous job candidate would react after s/he finds out the luggage was lost in some airports. Even if the check-in luggage arrives safely at the final destination on time, what first impression does a candidate make to the hiring manager by checking in luggage? Does the hiring manager want to wait with a job candidate in the airport for check-in luggage? What would the hiring manager think if s/he sees a candidate packs big luggage for a one-or-two-day trip?

My advice is that job candidates must pack light and make sure that they only have carry-on luggage. In addition to the 21”×14”×9”, 40lb rule for carry-on luggage and the 3oz and quart-size Ziploc bag rule for liquids, the embedded Fox News video shows us some tips of how to pack carry-on luggage. If a candidate must check-in a luggage, I would suggest them to plan ahead and ship the must-have-but-cannot-carry items via FedEx or UPS to the destination. Or even easier, just buy those items in the destination. Still, nothing is more secured than bringing every must-have items in carry-on luggage. Do you agree? What other suggestions do you have?

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