What should you bring to a job interview? It’s important to enter an interview prepared with everything you physically and mentally need, organized and ready to go. There are also some things that you shouldn’t walk into an interview with.

What to Bring to an Interview

Directions. If you’re not sure where you’re going, bring directions and any instructions the hiring manager may have given you. If you have an email confirmation of the appointment, bring that too.

If you can, do a test drive to the location to see how long the drive is, you do not want to be late. Try to arrive 10-15 minutes early.

Identification. If the building has security, you may be asked to show identification, or you may need it to complete a job application. Bring your driver’s license or another form of identification with you.

Notepad and Pen. There is nothing worse than searching for a pen or asking to borrow a pen, during the interview, so make sure to bring your own.  Also bring a notepad so you can jot down names, company information, or questions you come up during the interview. Bringing a pen and notepad shows you came to the interview prepared.

Names of Contacts. Write down the name of the person you’re interviewing with on your notepad. It can be easy to forget a name, and you don’t want to be embarrassed. Also bring the name of the person who arranged the interview, if it’s a different person.

List of Questions to Ask. Have a list of questions to ask the interviewer when they ask you at the end if you have any questions for them. You will be thankful you prepared some questions ahead of time, sometimes trying to come up with a meaningful question off the top of your head can be challenging and stressful.

Extra Copies of Your Resume. Bring several copies of your resume to give out upon request. Your resume will also give you the details, like dates of previous employment, which you may need if you have to fill out a paper job application.

Reference List. Bring a printed list of references to give to the hiring manager. Include at least three professional references and their contact information.  Choose references that can attest to your ability to perform the job you are applying for.

Work Samples. Depending on the type of job you’re interviewing for, you may need to bring samples of your work. If they don’t lend themselves to print, consider bringing your iPad or laptop.

A Portfolio. A portfolio is a great way to package all the items you’re bringing with you to the interview in a neat and orderly fashion. That way, you’re organized, and everything you need will be readily accessible.