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Old 07-03-2013, 04:20 PM
 
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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.
i don't think it can hurt to bring a notebook to an interview, obviously. and i do. but i don't think you have to be a memory expert to remember the things you need to remember in the course of a series of interviews. you have to have a good memory, but not a superhuman one. i can see someone being rightly confident enough in their memory to go without.

really, i usually only use my notepad to write down follow-up things - if i tell an interviewer i'll send them something or look into something for them. cause i forget that stuff. i can see jotting down the occasional thing that you want to remember to ask about when they ask you for questions, or something that you think will be important to remember down the line or comment on in your follow-up note. but all of those things can be remembered by someone with a good enough memory.

and on the flipside, while there is nothing wrong with taking some notes, as i mentioned earlier you really shouldn't be taking notes like you're in a class or taking minutes, even though that probably would be useful. that's way too much attention diverted away from the interviewer.
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Old 07-03-2013, 06:41 PM
 
Location: NJ
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To me it looks DUMB to take out a notepad on the 1st interview since it's all about connecting with the interviewer's personality
That settles it. People should absolutely take one to the first interview. Thanks for settling that one for us.
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Old 07-03-2013, 06:43 PM
 
Location: Corona the I.E.
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That settles it. People should absolutely take one to the first interview. Thanks for settling that one for us.
C'mon now this our buddy who posts on CD all day while collecting gubbermint tax dollars to help folks like us find a job. We need an oh snap emoticon.
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