Rule number one for any interview is to be prepared. But what if the way you prepare is to write notes? It’s an excellent way to ensure that you have all of the details you need for the interview. But should you bring those notes into the room with you? And is it okay to review them while you’re answering questions? Here are all the reasons notes are great, and the one time you should avoid using them.
Questions for the Interviewer
A helpful set of notes to have with you is a few questions to ask the employer. You can determine some good questions when you review their website. Don’t ask questions you should know the answer to, such as “what does your company do?” Instead, make them more personal. If you’re uncertain about what questions to ask, consider, “What do you like most about working here?” If you bring the questions in your notes, you can peek when the interviewer asks you if you have any.
A Copy of Your Resume
It’s always a good idea to bring a copy of your resume. While your interviewer should have a copy in front of them, having one to offer can be helpful. This is especially true if you meet with other people while you’re there. You can also take a quick glance at it before your interview to make sure you know your talking points.
Take Notes When Necessary
While we don’t recommend you take notes throughout the interview, it can be helpful to jot something down at the moment. If your interviewer asks you for something specific, such as a list of references, write a note to remember to do that when you get home. That way, you don’t let anything fall through the cracks.
Avoid Relying on Notes for Interview Answers
The key here is to avoid relying on your notes during the interview. Don’t read from your resume and look at them the entire time. But having them with you can give you more confidence and help prompt you if you forget a detail.
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