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During the case interview, is it better to use cursive or print to take notes and write out the framework?

Joe asked on Jul 11, 2019 - 3 answers

Can it be a negative to use cursive for note taking during the case interview? I tend to write faster/consistent in cursive rather than print, but print can be easier to read.

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I assume that your question is strictly about font, and not about the overall layout and tidiness of your notes. If that's the case:

For framework, it certainly helps if you can write more clearly. Some interviewers prefer to look at your framework while hearing you talk. For them, it would be a lot easier to follow.

For general notes throughout the case, writing clearly is not as important, as long as you can recognize your own handwriting later in the case.

So, my suggestion is to try to write as clearly as you can, until you find it dramatically slowing down your pace or messing up your thought process.

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Hi,

  • For anything that you show to the interviewer (And I guess you can only show your structure) you should better use print
  • For your personal notes, you should use whatever is faster (I guess cursive)

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Hi Joe,

unless the interviewer cannot understand what you wrote, it is totally fine to proceed in the way more convenient for you.

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Francesco

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