The Workplace Stack Exchange is a question and answer site for members of the workforce navigating the professional setting. Join them; it only takes a minute:

Sign up
Here's how it works:
  1. Anybody can ask a question
  2. Anybody can answer
  3. The best answers are voted up and rise to the top

I have applied for a job. A contact person was a group leader. I sent him my resume and a cover letter. Later, I had a phone interview with him. Now they want me to have the second phone interview with a CTO.

Is it a good idea to send him my resume before the interview?

Nobody told me his email, but it's easy to find it. In my opinion, this could look like I really care about the interview. On the other hand, next interviewer should definitely have my resume from the previous one and my email could look stupid.

share|improve this question
I agree with the top voted answer (don't send, it's on them to be prepared in their hiring system) but note that in other situations you might need to be prepared for an unexpected roadbump - for instance your resume may have been altered by a recruiter, or they got it from and they might not have the resume you think they have. – Cade Roux Jul 19 '12 at 4:35
up vote 22 down vote accepted

Like you said, he probably already got your resume from the previous interviewer. Personally, I think it would seem weird to send him your resume because:

  • They did not ask you to send him your resume
  • They did not give you the interviewers e-mail address, so it might seem stalker-ish that you are e-mailing him.
share|improve this answer
But bring a few hard copy ones to the interview just in case. – mhoran_psprep Jul 17 '12 at 14:26

I wouldn't send your resume a second time. Like you said, there's no need to. Going into the next phone interview, the second interviewer should have at least your resume, if not any notes from any previous interviews. You should only resend your resume to a company for the same position if you are asked to.

share|improve this answer

It might be a good idea to ask before the interview actually starts (i.e. they call, introduce themselves, you introduce yourself, and then immediately before any discussion begins) ask if they have a copy of your resume, and if they do not, inquire if they'd like you to email it to them real fast (i'm assuming you're at a computer when this occurs).

share|improve this answer
Just give them a hard copy...This only requires hands. – Ramhound Jul 18 '12 at 17:37
@Ramhound you should read the question. this is a phone interview that's being discussed... – acolyte Jul 18 '12 at 19:29

Take a copy of your resume with you to the interview. I give the CTO a 50/50 chance of even looking at your resume beforehand. Save them some face by offering a "cleaner" copy.

You're better off getting his/her business card and sending a thank you email after the interview.

share|improve this answer

Generally speaking, it's reasonable to expect the CTO to have received your resume via his internal channels. Thus, unless you've been asked for it, sending it to him/her before this second interview seems unnecessary and may make you look over-anxious.

There is one exception I'd like to note: You don't say how long it has been since the first interview and the second one. Hopefully, not much time has elapsed. However, sometimes these things take time; if several weeks (or a few months) have elapsed, and you've picked up new experience you'd like to highlight, then sending an updated resume could be a good idea.

While the situation is different, a few years ago I submitted my resume to a company which contacted me a few months later about a different job than the one I'd originally inquired about. In that time, I had picked up some experience which was directly relevant to the new job, so I submitted a new resume and that helped me get the job.

share|improve this answer

Don't send it. Leave it to their internal process to pass the resume along to the CTO. Take a copy with you for the interview, but don't send it beforehand. It also could make you look a little "too eager" (desperate or inexperienced in these matters), which is the kiss of death for you as a potential candidate. What I mean by this, is: a desperate candidate does not earn respect and often gets the short end of the stick during salary negotiations.

share|improve this answer

Your Answer


By posting your answer, you agree to the privacy policy and terms of service.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.