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Interview tomorrow and recruiter encouraged me to have notes out to keep track of my stories (5 interviews, 1 hour each). Should I acknowledge and ask each interviewer if it's ok for me to have notes out? I feel like it'd feel weird for me to very obviously glance at my screen after a question every once in a while without acknowledging what's going on or asking permission.

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If it’s virtual it should be easy to have notes up

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I'd say not to acknowledge the existence of notes or talk about it. If you worked on something, the chances are that you can talk about it without notes. The only time it's okay to refer the notes is if you have written down questions to ask, to make sure you didn't miss any.

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Don't rely on the notes or look at them in the middle of answering a question but definitely have them on the table in front of you. Ask for time to gather your thoughts (must for FAANG interviews, 30 seconds or so) so that you can structure your answer when a question is asked. This would be a good time to refer the notes, come up with the structure and have a discussion about it. As an interviewer, it's very easy to notice someone referring the notes continuously and if you try to do it in a stealthy way, I usually reject as I don't trust them.

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It’d be more weird if you showed up to a consulting interview without notes

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I don’t know if I would ask permission, but if you can’t maintain eye contact, I would say what you said here. Recruiter suggested I have notes since we are virtual or something along those lines… I had an interview where the person was always looking off to the side and it was weird. Like, did he not have these experiences himself and he had a cheat sheet? Just explain so it’s not awkward.

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