Making a List! What Should You Bring to Your Interview?

Use this checklist to make sure you’re prepared.

If all you want for Christmas is a job, you’ve probably been busy looking for employment, filling out applications, and maybe even scheduling interviews. If you’re preparing for an interview, congratulations! While interviews might seem intimidating, they’re a great opportunity for you to showcase your skills to a potential employer. You’ve been busy polishing your resume and practicing possible interview questions, but what should you bring to the interview?


  • Your Resume: Even if you’ve already completed an application or submitted an electronic version of your resume, it doesn’t hurt to bring some hard copies. Bring a couple in case you need an extra copy for yourself to refer to during your interview.
  • References: Bring a list of professional references and their contact information. This isn’t always required as the initial part of the application process, but an employer may ask for references if the interview goes well.
  • Pen and Paper: You may not need to take notes, but it doesn’t hurt to have a pen and notebook just in case. Even if you don’t need them, the employer will notice that you’re prepared.
  • Questions: Research the business ahead of time, and have a few questions in mind to ask during the interview. This shows that you have thought about the position and are knowledgeable about the company.
  • Directions: Make sure you have the business’s address and the contact information of the person you’re interviewing with. Have an idea of how long it will take you to drive to the interview so you make sure you aren’t late.
  • Identification: If the interview is successful, there’s a chance you might start the hiring process. Often, employers will need a couple forms of ID for your initial paperwork.
  • Work Samples: This isn’t always relevant, but if you’re applying for a position where it is, make sure you’re ready. Show examples of work you’ve done for previous jobs, such as artwork, articles, or even statistics about successful projects you’ve been part of.


What shouldn’t you bring? Don’t bring food, drinks, or other people to your interview, and if you have your phone with you, make sure it’s on silent. If you have more questions about interviewing, or the job application process, call your local Penmac office today.