The Importance of Note Taking During Career Fairs
Listen attentively in each recruitment interview. Listening skills are an often overlooked part of good communications skills — and listening intently is often harder to do when you are focused on making a good first impression and pitching yourself to the recruiter.
Listening is one thing; remembering everything is another. So, be prepared to take down some notes on each interview.
There are two approaches to note-taking, and you should choose the one you are most comfortable with.
First, you can take notes during the interview. As you meet the recruiter and remove your resume from your portfolio, simply keep your portfolio open to a pad of paper where you can jot down key bits of information from the interview. (Just don’t spend the whole time taking notes; use a short-hand if you have to and don’t feel compelled to write down every piece of information.)
Second, you can wait until the moment you end the interview. Walk away from the table to a spot away from the foot traffic and take a few minutes to recall and write down all the key information from the interview. This method works best if you have great short-term memory recall.
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