What To Bring To A Job Interview (And What NOT To Bring)

By Jeff Gillis

Everyone has that one friend. You know the one. They are prepared for every situation. Though they carry only a small bag, this bag is full of a seemingly infinite number of useful objects. Bug spray, barrettes, and yo-yos magically spring from their sack of goodies.

At a job interview, you want to be that friend.

Knowing what to bring to a job interview is an art you should master. Luckily, it isn’t as mysterious as you may think. Your urban-boyscout friend with the infinite sack of items does, after all, have only a small bag. It is not linked to a larger space by alien technology. He is a planner, not an extraterrestrial spy.

What To Bring to a Job Interview

Some of the items below are obvious, but perhaps to you, others are not. The main thing you need to do is acknowledge that straying too far from this list can be detrimental to the success of your interview.

So make sure when you leave your house you have the following items with you:

1. Water

A bottle of water is an amazing interview friend.

Practically speaking, there is nothing worse than dry mouth when you need to do some major speaking.

What causes dry mouth? Stress and nerves.

An important interview is not an uncommon time for someone who has never experienced dry mouth to suddenly find themselves smacking their lips and surveying the room for a water fountain.

As an added bonus, taking a sip of water is an excellent way buy yourself some time to formulate your thoughts.

Tough question? Think. Water. Think. Answer.

You can get significantly more thinking in without it looking odd by breaking it up with a sip of water.

2. Tissues

Hopefully you are in top condition, ready to perform at peak performance during your job interview.

Unfortunately, this isn’t always the case.

The sniffles can be excused with tissue in hand. Though sneezing into your hands or sleeve is socially acceptable, a tissue makes the whole affair look that much more dignified. It is also the only appropriate way to conquer a runny nose.

If you want to be really old-school, consider a handkerchief.

3. Your Resume

You may have already sent your resume, but you are now an urban boy (or girl) scout and interview master.

Picture it: you’re all ready to begin when one of your panel interviewers realizes they have printed the wrong resume!

They are just deciding to share one copy, when you whip out a pristine, hot-off-the-press resume, flash a smile, and immediately show everyone in the room that you are reliable and prepared.

Even if you have a single interviewer and he has your resume right in front of him, a casually placed transparent folder with copies of your resume within will send the same message.

4. A Notebook and Pen

The notebook-pen combo is both a signalling item and an instrumental tool. This is where you can keep any