Taking notes while you listen is another strategy for becoming a better listener. Doing so when you are in an interview has several benefits:
- Taking notes in an interview gives the interviewer a non-verbal message that you are serious and that you value what he or she is communicating.
- Having these notes helps you raise significant questions when the interviewer asks, "Do you have any questions?"
- Having these notes helps you with your follow-up communications because you can refer to specific comments or topics covered in the interview. The more specific and customized your thank-you follow-up is, the greater the chance it will make a favorable impression on the interviewer.
For more tips on interviewing, see CliffsNotes Delivering A Winning Job Interview, by Mercedes Baily, published by Hungry Minds, Inc.