Got a job interview? This is a significant milestone in your job search, as it means your resume and any other initial contact made with a prospective employer scored you a spot on the short list of final candidates. Now for that critical step: your first face-to-face meeting and opportunity to personally sell yourself as the best person for the job.

There’s a lot to think about as you get ready for the big day: researching the company and the position, the right outfit, mapping out the location so you get there in plenty of time, and physically and mentally preparing yourself, right down to getting a good night’s sleep beforehand.

With all this running through your mind, don’t forget the key paperwork you need to bring to your interview. Having this organized will be a further asset as you present yourself – and it will make you feel less stressed and more confident, knowing you haven’t forgotten anything essential.

Pack all these items into your new or newly-polished briefcase. This means hard copies of all paperwork to augment any electronic versions that may have previously been submitted:


  • Be prepared to provide copies of your resume. Even though your interviewer certainly has already seen it, you may meet other people during your interview session and should be prepared to offer them a copy as well.
  • In addition, if you’re nervous going in, you may be able to skim over a copy yourself to remind you of your strengths and message points you want to convey during the interview.

List of References
It’s a good sign if your interviewer asks for this list. It’s a “buying signal” indicating your prospective employer’s interest in pursuing you as a candidate. So, have copies on hand to provide if asked.

Recommendation Letters
Like your list of references, these are strong supporting tools. If appropriate, you may want to supply copies to your interviewer or other company representatives at some point.


  • Bring your driver’s license and Social Security card. You may need these if you’re asked to complete an employment application.
  • Also, some employers may ask for identification as you enter their facility, for security purposes. If that’s the case, you literally won’t get in the door without proper ID.

Examples of Your Work

  • Organize a binder or portfolio that highlights your best work and bring it with you as part of your interview presentation. It should be neatly packaged and readily accessible.
  • If your materials don’t lend themselves to print, create an electronic portfolio on your laptop or iPad.
  • Portfolios are particularly critical when vying for creative professional jobs, in fields such as advertising, communications, public relations or graphic design.

List of Questions

  • Make a list of four to six insightful questions on the company and the position. This is another document you can refer to in case your mind goes blank, which can happen in stressful situations.
  • Be sure to incorporate your questions into your interview. This shows your focus on adding value to the organization.

For additional resources to prepare for your interview and your job search process as a whole, read our related posts or contact the expert recruitment team at Alternative Staffing.

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