Gone are the days of bringing along a folder full of every certificate you have ever received to your interview; however it is good practice to have a few copies of your CV (also commonly called a resume) with you during an interview in case the hiring manager asks for a copy.
This is how you present a hard-copy CV:
- Use high-quality paper to print your CV on. Hiring managers will notice the quality of the paper, and they will appreciate that you have gone to some trouble.
- Print a hard copy of your CV in standard A4. Other sizes will be annoying for the hiring manager to keep on file and could seem gimmicky.
- Prepare multiple copies of your CV if more than one person is interviewing you or if you are presenting to a panel. We suggest arriving with 3 to 5 just in case.
- Carry your CV into the interview in a portfolio folder or plastic sleeve to keep it clean and free of creases. There is nothing worse than having someone fish out a folded resume from the bottom of their handbag.
- If you have a two-page CV (or longer), use paperclips or staples to attach the pages together.
Before beginning the interview, present a hard copy of your CV to each interviewer.