Question: “When interviewing for a job, is it okay to bring copies of, customer service ratings, or complimentary emails? I have some very favorable comments that might impress an interviewer, but I’m not sure how this would be viewed. Also, I don’t know what would be considered ‘proprietary information’.” — Puzzled
Answer: Sharing positive performance feedback is both appropriate and smart. Evidence of outstanding work can definitely add weight to your application.
However, you are wise to consider confidentiality issues. Scrutinize each document for any information that might be valuable to a competitor. Examples could include product data, sales strategies, research projects, or recruitment techniques.
If you feel ill-equipped to make this judgment alone, consult your company attorney without mentioning your job search. Simply say that you often discuss work with people outside the company, so you would like to know what is considered proprietary information.
On the documents, conceal confidential details with a black marker, then explain the omissions to your interviewers. Anyone who works for a reputable company will be impressed by your high ethical standards.
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