How A Cheat Sheet Can Help You Ace Your Next Video Interview

from Fast Company

One of the advantages of interviewing during a pandemic is that you’re likely to be able to do it from the comfort of your own home through videoconferencing. Not only does it save time by eliminating a commute; you can set up your environment to help you shine. Having a cheat sheet can help, but it also has the potential to derail your interview, says Cheryl Hyatt, a partner with Hyatt-Fennell Executive Search.

“Any candidate interviewing for a position, whether it’s in person or virtual, should make some type of notes,” she says. “When you’re in person, you may not pull them out to read from them, but looking at a list before you go into the meeting can help you remember what you want to discuss. When you’re interviewing virtually, though, you have the advantage of being able to have them out, but you still have to be careful using them.”

Don’t write long paragraphs, says Hyatt. Instead, create bullet points of things you want to remember or to share. Hyatt suggests creating notes on these three areas:

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  1. I wouldn’t say that a cheat sheet for an interview is needed, but I would say that it is very important. If you draw a blank the cheat sheet can help you think of something on the fly. Keep in mind only bring the cheat sheet to a virtual interview because if you show up to an in-person interview with a cheat sheet you will look unprepared. This can also help you not draw a blank because I believe if you write something down and practice it multiple times you will get it down to the point. Also, this can make you remember the history of the company and key accomplishments you would like to mention during the interview. Make sure this is in bullet points or short sentences because if you write something long it will make you look like you are reading off of a paper, which you are. You can write a list of questions to prepare yourself for when they ask you certain questions. Lastly, make sure that your cheat sheet does not take over your interview. In conclusion, that is why a cheat sheet can be very helpful for an interview.

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