I bought a portfolio from my school. I bring it to all of my interview. I agree to the Yes to portfolio. Besides what was mentioned above, such as having something your hand to keep you busy, listing notes for yourself, its really handy and makes you look professional. But what I like most about it is every interview I would always see the Logo of my school, while not all have made this far. I kinda feel that I am representing my undergrad school as well while I'm also thankful for the school and professors that helped me. So yeah, I don't know if this "sentimental" thing would work for you but it pumps me up.
At most, bring a 25 cent folder from walmart to keep papers in. What in the world would you bring a briefcase for? Everyone will just be thinking: (1) What in the hell does he have in that briefcase? or (2) What an idiot, faking like he's got all kinds of important documents in that dam briefcase.
I just sounded what you mentioned above. I think it's uncool (if I were to ask cartman) but I had no choice and I sucked it up since I'm traveling I kinda squeezed everything in one bag + I didn't want to go back to the hotel and pay extra $$$ + I didn't drive either (I used shuttle and get to interview the driver about the city). Small bag is fine, if you want to look stylish or to keep your hands with something. Just don't carry bags like LV or you know those flashy thingy. It's not a fashion show.okay, this question is for ladies: do you bring anything to interview? I brought a small purse to keep wallet in, pen, toiletries. I saw one girl with a huge bag which i thought was not necessary. Or it is better to just arrive empty handed?