5 things you should bring to a job interview

Don’t show up empty-handed, here’s a quick checklist.

1. Folder

This simple act shows you’re organized.

2. Several copies of your resume

You most likely already submitted your resume when you applied for the job, but don’t assume the interviewer will have a copy of it on hand.

Why bring multiple copies? You never know how many people you’ll be meeting with.

3.. References If the interview goes well—better yet, when the interview goes well, the hiring manager might ask you for references on the spot, so you should have a list prepared with their contact information.

You could email them when you get home however you want to make sure you give the company everything they need to move forward with the hiring process as quickly as possible.

4. Pen and notepad

Taking a few notes during your interview can be beneficial for a few reasons. For one, it shows you’re actively listening to the interviewer and engaged in the conversation, while also ensuring you won’t forget important details about the job. Moreover, you can refer to your notes, later on, to send the interviewer a personalized thank-you email.

Just make sure you don’t take so many notes that you’re not making eye contact.

Pro tip: Bring several pens with you in case your favorite one runs out of ink.

5. Questions To show you’re genuinely interested in the job, you should have questions for the hiring manager prepared in advance that demonstrate your understanding of the company’s core values, challenges, and culture.

What NOT to bring to an interview

Put simply: Don’t bring anything that could potentially distract you or the interviewer, Button says. This includes:

· Chewing gum

· Food

· Drinks

· Make sure to put your phone on silent or leave it in your car