A reader writes…
Is it necessary to bring a hard copy of my résumé to an interview?
Dear, “Above and Beyond,”
Now that résumés are so often submitted through online applications, posted on job boards, or emailed directly to potential employers, many job seekers have stopped bringing a hard copy with them (assuming it’s unnecessary).
Well, you know what they say about people who “assume…!”
The fact is, you absolutely SHOULD bring a copy. Even better, bring a handful of copies – after all, you never know how many people may be meeting with you during the interview process, right?
It is the polite and professional thing to do. Not all hiring managers are well prepared. (Ok… there are a few out there who would not only have your résumé printed out – but they would have notes, questions, and comments hand-written in the margins!) Not everyone is on the ball like that – though I can name a few people!
By handing over a résumé, you are simplifying the process and leaving behind a tangible piece of information that will sit front-and-center on the hiring manager’s desk. You probably won’t lose points for not bringing one, but you just may earn big points for being extra prepared and thorough!
Be sure to have it printed on nice, quality résumé paper – no flimsy typing sheets, nothing glossy or hot pink, and for heaven’s sake… no spritz of perfume or fragrance!
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