Should I bring an resume for my Reed alumni interview?

<p>Would this be pretentious?</p>

<p>I've had a friendly email dialog with the guy and he said "As you heard from xxxxx (admissions office), the interview is casual, so just come with any questions you have and we'll riff off of that. People like me who volunteer to do this love to yammer on and on about our own particular sense of Reed. And since we're not paid shills, we tend to be pretty candid. :-)"</p>

<p>We're meeting in a coffee shop too.</p>

<p>This seems like a different scenario than described on the web, and I don't want to rub off as an ******* if I bring a resume.</p>

<p>Bring one and play it by ear. You can introduce it casually as possible and let him/her that "I brought this to give you an idea of the things I'm interested in." Then don't expect him to sit and read it on the spot. But it does sound like this interviewer wants to be able to give you an insiders view and wants you to ask more questions that he does. And just wants an organic, rambling conversation.</p>

<p>Mkay. I personally don't want to bring one, but everywhere on the web says it's the exception. I think I'll bring a backpack, and if it comes up, I can pop it out.</p>

<p>fyi, my daughter never took one or even made one for her apps.</p>

<p>Haha, I love that e-mail. I never got to interview with a Reedie, but I had an interview with a Swarthmore alumna and she asked for a resume to "base the interview" on much before the actual interview date. I get the sense that this guy just wants to keep it light and not make it a discussion of your achievements through high school though. I'd say carrying a backpack with the resume would be a good option. If at all, he expected a resume, you'll have it; if not, it's just a backpack.</p>

<p>For my Barnard interview, my interviewer was really excited and impressed when she saw I brought a resume. She said she'd never had a student bring one before and asked to keep it. For my Bryn Mawr interview, I brought a resume, but my interviewer didn't ask to see it so I didn't give it to her. Both interviews were at Starbucks. My take is that it never hurts to have one prepared, but don't offer it to the interviewer unless asked. Just have it in plain sight on the table or something and if they want to see it, they'll ask for it.</p>

<p>Very few Reed alumni will want to see a resume at an interview.
I do alumni interviews for Reed. Anything on a resume of interest to Reed can be found on the college application, which the admissions office will get. A Reed alumni interview is informal and is mutually evaluative - students learn about Reed, the interview volunteer learns about the student.</p>