There are some interview questions that tip the scales between “tough to answer” and “impossible to answer.” There are some questions that are so hard, that as soon as you are asked the question, you know you don’t have the job. There are some questions that merely hearing the sentence can cause you to hyperventilate. There are some questions that are so unthinkably unanswerable, you may as well walk out of the room without so much as a goodbye.
This is not one of them.
The reason we are bringing up this question is because of some common hiring manager advice on what you should do with your resume when you bring it to the employer. Rather than hand it out right away, you should wait until prompted. They may already have a copy of your resume on hand, and you do not want to force extra paperwork in their face that they don’t need. So if you are asked if you brought your resume, do not hand it out. Ask them if they want a copy, and if they would like any additional copies for other staff.
“Yes, I brought 3 additional copies. Would you like one for yourself or any other staff members?”
Maybe they will, maybe they won’t. Who cares. But there you go. Don’t shove it in their face. Ask them if they’d like it. Many times they ask because they want you to look at it as they go over each point. Chances are they have a copy themselves and you bringing extra copies was unnecessary.
Take Away Interview Tips
- Bring copies of your resume.
- Don’t shove it at them. See if they even want it.