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Bring notes to an interview?

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One of my classmates said, "It would look professional in any other interview setting to have notes prepared...on the prospective company"; perhaps questions you would like to ask or reminders of things to mention in the interview.

Can you bring any notes into a case interview? Would it be so bad to have an interviewer ask you to put them away?

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Alessandro
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replied on 09/12/2018
Bain & Company | University of Cambridge | CV/Resume writing | 770 GMAT

The simple answer is no.

Elias
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replied on 09/13/2018
Experienced strategy consultant, now running own consulting business

OK, this may be a German thing. But I totally disagree with the other experts.

For any important meeting, you would prepare, take some notes, and take them with you, just in case you want to look something up, confirm something, or just get momentarily stuck. Why not an interview?

I can't see anything wrong and certainly wouldn't hold it against a candidate if they brought a page with some questions they want to ask, maybe some key facts about the firm. Some firms share names of the interviewers before the interview, maybe look them up on LinkedIn. Don't create stalker-style profiles, but some key facts like Alma Mater, interesting previous jobs, tenure with the company...

To the contrary, I would view it as a plus if an interviewer is well prepared (if he or she is not too anal about it) - because that is what I would expect a consultant on my team to do!

It would probably be a bit much to bring case specific things, like a framework cheat sheet, or some figures that seem important.

But other than that, where's the problem?

But again, this may be a German thing. We also have a saying "Wer schreibt, der bleibt." You can look that up ;-)

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Benjamin replied on 09/13/2018
ex-Manager - Natural and challenging teacher - Taylor case solving, no framework

as ATK I would say no as well :)

Guennael replied on 09/13/2018
Ex-MBB, Experienced Hire; I will teach you not only the how, but also the why of case interviews

McK (Vlad) said No, Bain (Alessandro) said No... let me confirm for BCG... no as well :)

Vlad replied on 09/13/2018
McKinsey / Accenture / Got all BIG3 offers / More than 300 real MBB cases / Harvard Business School

Hi,

It looks completely unprofessional if you can't remember the key things about your dream job.

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