Is it ok to takes notes into your job interview? This is going to be a short post. The answer is NO in almost all cases. Referring to notes in an interview will create a disconnect between you and the interviewer(s) as you shuffle through your papers looking for your answer. Bad idea.
Are there any exceptions? Very few
Images of projects
You have worked on projects that can be easily explained and showcased by showing a photo or image to the interviewers. I have seen this work well for people working in the creative media industry and also for engineers, builders and architects who are describing projects they have worked on. Be selective in what you show them. Pick the best images and present them professionally in a plastic folder or as a slideshow on an iPad or tablet. When you are discussing the projects in the interview just mention that you have some images you can show the interviewers and invite them to view them.
Questions to ask the interviewer
You have prepared some questions you want to ask the at the end of the interview. When they ask you “Do you have any questions for us?” it is ok to say “Yes I have prepared a few questions I would like to ask – let me just refer to my notes”. Then you can open your folder – which you have had on your lap on placed on the desk in front of you and read from a neatly typed sheet. Pulling a bunched up piece of paper with the questions scribbled on it from your pocket or handbag is not a great way to end the interview.
Interviewers will expect you to have prepared thoroughly for the interview. Relying on notes to get you through it will not impress them.
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