Taking Notes at an Interview

Question: When is it appropriate to take notes at an interview?

The short answer: never. As soon as you take notes, you disengage from the conversation. It changes the dynamic of the interview from the focus being on interaction to one of you taking notes. Over the course of a 20 minute or one-hour interview, you will leave the impression that you can’t hold a conversation. The last thing you want to do is convey an inability to engage and be present in conversation.

The best course of action is to find a quiet place immediately after the interview such as a cafe or even your car, and write detailed notes while the conversation is still fresh in your mind.

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