When I'm an interviewee, and I've reached the end of the interview and am asking the interviewer questions, is it appropriate for me to take out a blank piece of paper from my interview portfolio and take some brief notes while she is answering my questions?
I'm guessing the answer is "No" because of the cons I've listed below, but I'd be interested in getting input from forum members with a lot of experience conducting interviews.
From listening to the podcasts in the Interviewing series I know that:
- I should NOT refer to my notecards or take notes while I'm being asked questions
- I should NOT refer to my notecard which lists the questions I want to ask (I must have them memorized)
- I should have a pen and a blank piece of paper in my interview portfolio
Here's what I see as the Pros and Cons:
- Taking brief notes could signal to the interviewer that I'm interested her answers
- If I'm interviewing with multiple people at the company that day, there is a chance I won't remember some of the key points in their answers.
- I wouldn't sit down with my boss without my notebook and pen, shouldn't I take notes when my potential future boss is talking to me?
- It could break the flow of the conversation. I'd have to open my interview portfolio, take out a piece of paper, and take out and open my pen.
- The interviewer might think I'm an idiot if I can't remember his key points without writing them down.