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CH Interview Protocol- What documents to bring (and how many)?

Morning all!

I know that most of you are going to start out by saying..."use the search function" or something along those lines BUT I should start out by saying that I have, and it appears that my exact question has not yet been discussed.

I am preparing for some interviews which I have in 2013 and I was wondering how the documents work here. Where I come from it is customary to bring a copy of your CV for EACH of the interviewers.

So, my question is do the same rules apply here in Switzerland? For example, one of my interviews is with three people..do I have to prepare my CV 3 times over in preparation to hand it off to each of them, or do they normally have the details ready? If not, what is typical protocol?

Any and all advice is much appreciated!! I am just trying to understand how I should go about this and hoping that your insight can help me from making a big foreign interviewing faux pas!!
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Re: CH Interview Protocol- What documents to bring (and how many)?

Like with most (all?) interviews, just send them a copy of your CV beforehand. They will then make as many copies as they require.
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Re: CH Interview Protocol- What documents to bring (and how many)?

haha thanks for that! Of course they already have received my CV with my application...which they hopefully reviewed since they invited me for the personal interview

My question is, do I have to copies of my CV with me AS WELL to the interview?
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haha thanks for that! Of course they already have received my CV with my application...which they hopefully reviewed since they invited me for the personal interview

My question is, do I have to copies of my CV with me AS WELL to the interview?
No, since all the interviewers will already have a copy. Why would they need another?
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No, since all the interviewers will already have a copy. Why would they need another?
I know it sounds ridiculous...but in the states we also bring the documents with us....JUST IN CASE. I guess the mentality is better to be OVER rather than ill prepared....but if you are saying I don't need to bring with me any fancy BEWERBUNG folders or anything like that with my documents here, then all the better!!
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Re: CH Interview Protocol- What documents to bring (and how many)?

Thanks but no thanks.

Just bring yourself. And make sure your shoes are nice and shiny.
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I know it sounds ridiculous...but in the states we also bring the documents with us....JUST IN CASE. I guess the mentality is better to be OVER rather than ill prepared....but if you are saying I don't need to bring with me any fancy BEWERBUNG folders or anything like that with my documents here, then all the better!!
You can bring whatever you like, if you want, but no-one is going to ask you for a copy. The same applies for written references, qualification certificates etc. All should be included in the initial application. The only time I was asked to bring anything specific was for a Medical Writing position, where they wanted me to bring along a piece of my own work, but that's pretty specialised.
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Thanks but no thanks.

Just bring yourself. And make sure your shoes are nice and shiny.
Thank you for the tip!!

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You can bring whatever you like, if you want, but no-one is going to ask you for a copy. The same applies for written references, qualification certificates etc. All should be included in the initial application. The only time I was asked to bring anything specific was for a Medical Writing position, where they wanted me to bring along a piece of my own work, but that's pretty specialised.
Thanks PaddyG for the insight. All of my references, diplomas, etc were included in the initial app and I haven't been asked to bring anything with as of yet, so I think I will just not stress about this and keep my fingers crosses that they have my documents printed!
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Re: CH Interview Protocol- What documents to bring (and how many)?

Just to add, if your interviewers have not seen, or have no copy, of your CV, the company probably isn't worth working for
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I think it is always a good idea to have a couple of copies of your CV printed, in case they did not have a printed copy at hand (has happened to me), I also take copies of my diplomas for HR (usually only when they have asked for them) and copies of my PhD thesis*, I keep in my bag just in case. It always makes a good impression.

*My PhD thesis is a printed and bounded booklet so I keep 3-4 copies at hand in my bag when I go to interviews. I do this as I have some left over from graduation but you can also send a pdf file by email.

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Just to add, if your interviewers have not seen, or have no copy, of your CV, the company probably isn't worth working for
not always true, some people are forgetful or disorganized
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not always true, some people are forgetful or disorganized
So, probably not worth working for, eh?
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So, probably not worth working for, eh?
oh Paddy why come to conclusions so fast At my actual job everyone had a copy of my CV but at a previous job interview one of the interviewers had misplaced my CV, scientists!
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I think it is always a good idea to have a couple of copies of your CV printed, in case they did not have a printed copy at hand (has happened to me), I also take copies of my diplomas for HR (usually only when they have asked for them) and copies of my PhD thesis*, I keep in my bag just in case. It always makes a good impression.

*My PhD thesis is a printed and bounded booklet so I keep 3-4 copies at hand in my bag when I go to interviews. I do this as I have some left over from graduation but you can also send a pdf file by email.
Thanks Angela! I am still in a bind on what to do, but I think I am just going to let this first experience guide me and see how it all plays out- without any backup documents!
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Re: CH Interview Protocol- What documents to bring (and how many)?

JUST IN CASE: residence permit ?

You may be more relaxed during the interview if you know that you have all documents with you.
Good questions here..and good luck!
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Re: CH Interview Protocol- What documents to bring (and how many)?

alright, here's a tip. Forget all the paper bits and bobs you're talking about.

bring a smartphone.

If you get stuck with a Myers-Briggs assessment, your smartphone will assist you in parts of the test. And you look like a genius.

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