How To Carry Resume For Interview
The hiring managers look over hundreds of resume and if you have been called for an interview on the basis of your resume, consider yourself lucky. Now it is the time to justify whatever you had put in your resume. If you have an interview scheduled, do not make a mistake of leaving your resume at home. We will be discussing the ways you should follow to
carry your resume for interview
1. Choose the good-quality paper
Firstly, you will have to carry a hard copy of your resume to your interview. You should use a bright white paper for printing out the paper. The interviewer is unlikely to judge you depending upon the quality of resume paper; however, you must not use the cheap quality paper that makes your resume look flimsy.
You do not have to use a so-called resume paper. Remember, you are going for a job interview and you can definitely spend a few bucks on a good-quality paper. Try to use a laser printer.
2. Take extra copies of resume with you
It will not be good to be empty-handed when an employer asks you for a copy of your resume. You must avoid this embarrassing situation. Take 4 to 5 copies of resume in an interview.
The interviewer might keep a copy of your resume so as to make the comparisons later with the other shortlisted candidates. Do not give your employer a chance to complain!
3. Put a limit on your resume
You must keep the things simple for yourself and your hiring manager by bringing a resume which limits to one or two page. If you carry the multiple pages resume to interview, an employer may take a lot of time for making a decision.
Moreover, multiple resume pages are hard to carry on and they may even get separated. Your resume may miss some important information if one of the pages misses and your employer will be forced to take a decision based on an incomplete resume.
4. Make no spellings or formatting mistakes
You were waiting for this big day for a very long time. You have worked hard for your resume – gathering compelling content, organizing data, ordering in a sequence, formatting etc.
However, a small spelling mistake or formatting error may lead to an embarrassing situation. Double check your resume before printing it on a paper. And if you had printed then check the hard copy once again to see alignment, formatting etc. before you carry it in your interview.
5. Keep updating your resume
Many times, the applicants use the same old resume for applying to different jobs and that’s the time they make mistakes. Remember, every job has different requirements and as a job seeker, you should check the requirements. Make the possible changes accordingly. Add the awards, certificates, experience and designation that you have achieved with the passing time.
If you contact the same HR or someone who organizes the interview with the same resume again and again then it might create some unnecessary hassles. Never forget to carry updated resume for interview.
6. Keep pens and note pads with you
You are going to an interview and employer will ask you questions and even you may ask him few questions. Make it a smooth process. Along with a resume, you should keep a pen and note pad with prepared questions if any and writing down the answers in note pad shows that you are listening even when you can easily remember them.
7. Never fold your resume
Your resume should have a pristine condition, so folding a copy of your resume and sticking it in your purse is not a good option. You should use envelopes or folders made for resumes and carry them with you. A folder gives a nice touch when you’re presenting it to your interviewer. Another option is to place resume copies in a portfolio with a hardcover because you can carry it without putting it in another case.
8. Choose a proper packaging for your resume
When you forward a resume to your employer it should be free of stains, wrinkles, and tear. To keep the pristine look of your resume, choose a nice and safe packaging. You can carry your resume in a folder, file or briefcase etc. Never carry your resume in an old folder with your college’s name or friend’s name on it.
I am discussing some ways to carry your resume to an interview.
- Calculator Padfolio: If you are number guy, you resume in this will highlight the most important aspect of you.
- Clipboard with fine print: If you want to look professional then clipboards with fine print will add a bit of flair.
- Zip lock file bag: Use the zip lock bag to carry your resume.
- Geometric Canvas Organizer: This is a great choice for holding a resume, pen, and ipad.
- Leather portfolio: This is the most popular choice for carrying the resume. You can also use the leather portfolio which has multiple pockets.
- Hardcover notebook with portable charger: Suppose you are traveling a long journey to reach your interview destination and you are desperate to charge your phone or tablet then the portable charger in a hardcover notebook might come handy. It’s cool, isn’t it?
First impression matters and you can make by carrying any of the above to your interview. Plus, there’s no worry your resume will rip, crinkle, or lose anything in the process.
Some handy tips
1. Carry 4-5 copies of your resume as you may face a panel of 3-4 interviewers.
2. You must carry the documentation that supports a claim in your resume.
3. Go with important certificates only.
4. Update your resume and carry the fresh print out.
5. Include a cover letter with your resume as it might add some value.
6. Bring some copies of your references.
7. Print on a good-quality paper.
8. Don’t forget to switch off your phone.
9. Don’t fold your resume in purse or pocket
10. Carry your resume in folder or portfolio.