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Old 07-03-2013, 11:53 AM
 
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You should also bring a list of questions. Not stuff like "Do you offer 9/80?" Questions about your job:
- What's your exception for this role?
is this a typo?

also i don't bring a list of questions, i just have a list in my head, and ask any that weren't answered in the interview. i just bring some extra resumes, some reference sheets, and some blank paper to write on. but if someone thinks they might not remember the questions they had prepared, they should definitely bring a list (and, as mentioned before, jot down any new ones that arise during the interview). you're also right that questions should be focused on finding out what it's actually like to work at the company.

if you meant to say "what are your expectations for this role", i think an easier to answer version is "what would you expect the ideal candidate in this role to accomplish in their first year" or something like that. "what are your expectations" is really vague.
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Old 07-03-2013, 11:54 AM
 
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I believe I was clear when I said there is no need to take out a notepad..............THE FIRST TIME YOU MEET SOMEONE

Second interview is fine for note taking.
this makes 0 sense but what else is new.
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Old 07-03-2013, 11:57 AM
 
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in any case, the mental picture of one of wpd's poor clients taking his advice and freaking out with excitement at meeting the interviewer and then intently staring in their eyes for the entire first interview (in the second it is ok to glance away occasionally!) is making me simultaneously laugh and feel sad.
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Old 07-03-2013, 12:04 PM
 
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I believe I was clear when I said there is no need to take out a notepad..............THE FIRST TIME YOU MEET SOMEONE

Second interview is fine for note taking.
And I believe I was clear when I said you shouldn't try to relate your own experiences to others, especially when you have no idea where they are coming from. You seem to be blinding reciting some textbook guidelines you've memorized and think they can be applicable to anyone and everyone. In reality, that's not the case. Your techniques may work (that has yet to be seen) for people who are looking for entry-level, low-skilled jobs who are unable/unwilling to relocate (to tie in another thread), but guess what? There is a whole other big world out there full of people who have advanced careers, have specific skill sets, are willing to travel, etc.

In regards to this particular thread, some people don't need a second interview to secure a position. Some people may want to jot things down in order to reference back to later on. Surprise, some people may not fall into your narrowminded view of what a job-seeker is.
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Old 07-03-2013, 02:18 PM
 
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So it's dumb to make eye contact with someone who is interviewing you? LOL
You are allowed to break eye contact occasionally. In fact it weirds people out if you don't. Crazy, I know.

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Old 07-03-2013, 03:21 PM
 
Location: Corona the I.E.
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If I was a HM, and you showed up without a notebook or device to take notes, like in Evernote, your resume' would be hitting the round file.
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Old 07-03-2013, 03:25 PM
 
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i think that's a little extreme!
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Old 07-03-2013, 03:29 PM
 
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i think that's a little extreme!
I don't think so unless you can prove to me you are some kind of memory expert. That would akin to me going out to a high tech prospective client and saying..........gee bud do you think I could borrow a piece of paper and pen to take notes about our meeting? I would get the "alien" look, and they would go with someone else.
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Old 07-03-2013, 03:47 PM
 
Location: Corona the I.E.
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i think that's a little extreme!
Your posts are rational so it had me thinking. I am in my 40's so this is elementary, but I realize there are some that are much younger on this forum that don't know.

One of the reasons I take notes, frankly, is to use them in my follow up conversations to demonstrate that I am a good listener and it impresses them. There is no downside to note taking. I have even considered spending good money on Dragon Naturally speaking which converts voice to text so I can take great notes and still keep great eye contact and not lose focus.
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Old 07-03-2013, 04:10 PM
 
Location: Buckeye, AZ
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If I feel I need to write think I need to write things down during the interview, I ask if I need to. It doesn't always happen that I need to write down things because the company culture isn't talked about or the interview does not allow for it.
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