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Do you take notes during interviews?

  1. Nomascus concolor profile image60
    Nomascus concolorposted 6 years ago

    Do you take notes during interviews?

    ...or just listen (as an interviewee)

  2. lburmaster profile image84
    lburmasterposted 6 years ago

    No. I listen. Why? Because I have already researched the interviewer on google. I know their house address, who their family is, how long they have been with the company. I also know the main points of the company, their goals, locations, main phone lines, and have printed comments by past employees.
    I'm kind of paranoid...

  3. Nomascus concolor profile image60
    Nomascus concolorposted 6 years ago

    Well I prepare myself the best I can as well, but I have heard taking notes shows that you care, that you may have to take notes because you have many interviews lined up, etc. I still feel more confortable giving all my attention to the interviewer, even though some people are trying to convince me otherwise. Thanks for your answer Iburmaster.

  4. drbj profile image82
    drbjposted 6 years ago

    As an interviewee, should you take notes during interviews? There may be some interviewers who like to see the candidate taking notes but they are in the minority. If some technical information is given  that you need to transcribe, then ask permission and write it quickly.
    As an interviewer who interviewed personally hundred of applicants, and the author of the book, "Much of What You Know about Job Search Just Ain't So," I much preferred to see the candidate's eyes during the interview. From the job seeker's perspective, it is very important for you to observe the body language of the interviewer during the interview. If you are busily engaged in writing everything down you may miss a doubtful grimace, a roll of the eyes, or other negative practice. And you will also be able to observe positive body language that will aid you in enlarging on your experience or accomplishments.
    So, no is my answer. But, immediate after the interview, go to the nearest private place (possibly the restroom stall) and write down everything that you want to be certain to remember about the interview including notes about the short letter or email you will send as a follow-up thank you.