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Can I take notes on my laptop/word during (virtual) case interviews? McKinsey & Company

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Just do it on paper.

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Create your framework in PowerPoint in real time. All the cool kids are doing it these days. Results may vary

Nah, old school paper for me. Need to feel the ideas going onto paper and honestly, if I was an interviewer, I'd prefer a candidate with a pen and paper rather than a laptop. Visually it gives me the sense that this candidate is doing some hard work 😂

the beginning case information for McKinsey interviews are very long and hard to keep up w when writing on paper, but I think that’s part of their stress test for candidates/why the interviews r so hard. Can u identify the major points, and also keep the rest of the non essential info in the back of your mind. Writing on a laptop gets rid of this and I think would undermine your candidacy if you did this in an interview

You can but you have to do a few things. 1. Highlight in the beginning that you’re just taking notes and confirm with the interviewer that you’ll be doing the math by hand without a calculator. 2. Likely still good to build a framework on paper. 3. Ensure your typing set up doesn’t sound insane on your zoom (e.g., they can hear the clicks) Good luck!

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