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. Throughout the pandemic, people have lost jobs and even had their jobs go out of business. According to Cidrap, a center that researches diseases and their stats, about 20.6 jobs were lost in 2020 due to Covid 19. Since there are precautions for the safety of the population, online interviews have been set up to avoid unnecessary face-to-face contact. In person interviews and online interviews have the same steps taken, besides the fact that each person is behind a screen. Cheryl Hyatt explains these changes and how being in an online set up can give an advantage to the person interviewing for the job.
    Every candidate in an interview usually has some kind of notes prepared to outline what he or she is going to say. Cheryl explains how this can put the person interviewing at an advantage because you are not in person, and you can easily just have the notes in front of you while the interview is going on. Cheryl’s blog mainly describes what you should write down in your notes since it is so easy to read straight from then in an online interview. The most important part, in my opinion, is when you write your unique skills and experience. Whether or not you are online, having your job experience and skills ready is something an interviewer looks for in a candidate for the job. If you are in person, you should not have your notes out because it could look bad in front of your employer and make you seem like you do not know what you are talking about. One advantage to online interviews in my opinion is that there is less of a nerve factor. I have been on a number of interviews for jobs during my high school career, and I get nervous very easily in front of employers. I have a fear of messing up or accidentally saying the wrong this during the interview. I would much rather have an online setup because I won’t be as nervous and be able to keep more focused. I could have some notes right in front of me and that can help guide me when I have to answer questions. In conclusion, having an online set up for an interview puts the candidate at an advantage.

  2. This article touches on just one of the things that has changed drastically due to the COVID-19 quarantine: interviews. Whether it’s for a job or a school interview, doing the process over a video call is something new for all of us. While you can see each other, a video call is far less personable which adds even more emphasis on the quality of interview that one hopes to have. Notes and preparation are key for all types of interviews, but as Vozza says in the article the idea of being able to use these notes while in the interview can also be a curse. You never want to directly read off of something while in an interview, and when the interview is over video call trying to make the conversation as genuine and flowing as possible can be a huge positive. Just because the interview is online and you have the ability to see a note sheet in front of you doesn’t mean you shouldn’t prepare as if you won’t have the sheet. As Vozza notes, writing in bullet points or short phrases can make sure you aren’t caught looking away too much or reading off of notes. There are definite advantages to an online interview, such as the convenience of being in your own home and a decrease in nerves for many of us, but it’s also harder for your interviewer to get to know you.

    Personally, I prefer the in-person interview experience as it better allows me to express my beliefs and show my personality while forcing me to prepare more vigorously. If I were to engage in online interview as such, I would try my best not to read off of my notes during the interview in order to make the conversation as genuine and unscripted as possible. While hitting all the key talking points is vital, showing what kind of person of you are and how you communicate naturally is equally as essential.

  3. One of the biggest problems that COVID-19 offers is the lack of meeting face to face with others. Because of this, interviews, whether it is for a job or for school, have been affected negatively. The whole point of an interview is to see whether or not the person applying for the job could handle the pressure while providing interesting and impressive news that could help the company. However, because people cannot meet up in person, interviews must be done with the use of technology. Although this may be worse for employers and companies, this may be better for those applying. Yes, it is true that people lose their jobs because of the pandemic, but the outbreak of the pandemic allows people to “cheat” during their interviews. For instance, in the article, it states that people should use a cheat sheet to write down any questions they may have for employers. In a real-life scenario, bringing a cheat sheet to an interview is a big mistake as it shows unreadiness and no responsibility. However, thanks to technology, employers cannot see everything, except for what is on their monitors. Because of this, people are allowed to write down anything and for this particular situation, the interviewee can have a prepared list of questions they could show their interest in the company. I believe that using a cheat sheet for job interviews is a great idea. Personally, in the real world, I believe that every man has to work for themselves. At the end of the day, everything is competition and we choose to be the best at what we aspire to be. Because of this, the cheat sheet will only benefit people because it has information that could help them throughout an interview. As an employer, instead of getting an unprepared person and showing no capable abilities for the company, I would rather have someone who shows interest and has a cheat sheet. This way I could tell that the interviewee actually has an interest and is willing to do whatever they can to succeed. All in all, although the pandemic is hurting employment, many people have to see the positives. Getting a job might be harder now, but the interview process is definitely easier as people are getting creative and using cheat sheets to feel prepared.

  4. I have a decent amount of experience interviewing and even more experience preparing for interviews. For me, an interview is like showcasing the best parts of yourself for about twenty to thirty minutes. You get dressed up, be polite, and share stories of your greatest triumphs. You’re essentially advertising yourself. Employers like candidates who do their homework. No, not just class homework, but research on the company. It shows that the interviewee is passionate about pursuing this position. Every company wants new employees that they can envision doing bigger and better things for the organization.

    Video interviewing is the new norm. Even before the pandemic, virtual interviews were somewhat commonplace with some firms. Personally, I have three virtual interviews back in April. The first one did not even feature a live meeting between me and the interviewer. The other two were meetings with senior employees. To prepare for that interview, I did extensive research on the firm. I checked the website for their core values, the recent news surrounding the firm, and even did some research on the people I was interviewing with. I compiled all of the key information onto a notepad and kept it handy during the interview. The most beneficial aspect of my preparation was the questions I came up with. I was even commended for the insightful questions I asked.

    Almost every company has some sort of mission statement. This can be the easiest thing to study about a company. It is guaranteed that every interviewer knows even the key points in their organization’s mission statement. By knowing the values of an organization, you are showing that you are more than just a good student. It shows that you will fit in well with the culture of the company.

    The article does make a good point about how it is not beneficial to be constantly looking at your notes during the interview. You should still treat the interaction as if it were in person. Additionally, if you are constantly reading from pre-prepared notes, it will be obvious that you are just using them as a crutch. It is understandable to be nervous during an interview, but you should treat it as a natural conversation instead of an interrogation.

    In my opinion, I prefer in-person interviews. The biggest obstacle for me when I was interviewing virtually is finding a good spot to conduct the meeting. I did not have a desk in my house and was forced to set my laptop on a box with a blank wall behind me. Some say that interviewing from your home makes you more comfortable. It is the opposite for me. In my preparation for the live meeting, I was constantly distracted by my household. I would much prefer traveling to a more professional environment and have a live conversation with my interviewer. But I suppose it is something that I should get used to.

  5. I have always found myself struggling during job interviews. Oftentimes when I go into an interview, I feel so confident and I know exactly what I am going to say. However, my nerves eventually catch up to me and I am instantly at a loss of words. I have always wished that I could bring in a tiny piece of paper noting all the things I want to say, but obviously most of the time that isn’t allowed. After reading this article it made me question if I would be less nervous in a video interview because I could have notes beside me. I honestly think this is a great idea and it could be very beneficial to many people who have the same problems that I do. While I still think I would be nervous during any type of interview, having notes beside would help me to not lose my train of thought and make sure that I am saying everything that I want to without leaving any information out.
    One of the main takeaways I got from this article is to only create bullet points instead of long paragraphs. Many people make the mistake of talking too much and rambling during a job interview. Cheryl Hyatt explains how there’s a difference between somebody constantly looking down at their notes and somebody who knows where the green light is. Reading from a paragraph might make the interviewer think that what the person is saying isn’t true because it’s almost as if they’re reading off of a script. As for bullet points, they could help in incase you started to blank out or to form certain ideas that you know you want to talk about. She also advises using sticky notes behind your camera to show that you are looking straight ahead instead of constantly looking down which would result in lacking eye contact. I think these are excellent points to takeaway for anyone who has a video interview coming up, and like Nick says above, if someone uses these techniques it will definitely put them at an advanatge.

  6. Here we are, it is 2020 and we have to adapt to new things and methods quite forcefully and one of those new things is the interview process. It is an adjustment because everyone is used to the typical in person interview, but thanks to the global pandemic interviews are now online. This article brings up the idea of being able to “cheat” on the interview meaning that you can have notes next to you during the exam. In my opinion, I do not see how effective this would be. Yes, you do have the ability to list facts about the company, what you have done to mention for this specific interview and potential questions to ask the interviewer which is convenient to have. My issue with it is that you will not get all of you can out of the interview. It is like cheating in a sport by taking performance enhancing drugs. Sure you will be able to perform at such a high, but can you really feel happy about your performance at the end of the day because it is not what you would actually be able to do. Same thing applies to your interview as how prepared you would really feel if it was in person because eventually this company will need to see how you do in person and if you cannot perform then your job position is in trouble.
    Another aspect of online interviews that I do not like is the personality you do not get to show. Whether that helps you or works against you, part of competing for a job is being able to show how you can work with people face to face. Companies want people who will be prepared to do the job, but at least in my position as a college student looking for an internship, they are understanding knowing that we will not know everything and will work with you. In past interviews I have been complimented for being easy to talk and being able to answer questions I would not normally expect in a mannerly time. That is what companies look for though and it is easier to stall and not showcase your personality on a Zoom.
    I understand that this is how it has to be for the time being, but from the company’s point of view I get how much more difficult this interview process can become. You want the best fit people for the job and you do not want to give the position to the wrong person. Being in person allows companies to eye us and see how we interact with people we will be surrounded by. Over Zoom this takes away from the face to face communication and can potentially hinder the company while making the decision because companies are always looking for the future and trying to bring in the young prospects.
    It is good to prepare and have the notes like the article was saying, we should always have notes to have on deck, but I just prefer them to be kept away during the interview. Like everything else society has had to adjust to this is just another thing we will have to become accustomed to.

  7. I chose this article because it discusses virtual interviewing, something I will do in the near future. COVID-19 has made it difficult for in-person interviews to occur, so firms are adapting by utilizing teleconferencing software like Zoom or Handshake. Likewise, applicants need to adapt their interview approach to fit these new media. Even the process for getting interviews is changing. I attended Rider’s first virtual career fair, where virtual chat rooms on Handshake replaced booths in a networking center. Thankfully, this article provides useful tips to help applicants adjust to virtual interviewing.

    I agree with the article’s assertion that virtual interviewing is beneficial to interviewees because the interview is in their home, an environment they are more comfortable in than a stranger’s office, while also avoiding a long commute. The author then states that another benefit to this new style of interviewing is that interviewees can use notes more liberally by placing them on their computer screens. These notes can help them keep ideas organized during an interview, but interviewees should exercise caution when determining how they want to use these notes. By relying too heavily on notes, interviewees run the risk of sounding scripted and failing to connect with the interviewer. They can also stumble if the interviewer asks a question that does not have an answer in the notes or fail to properly answer questions if they attempt to force what they wrote down into all of their responses. If interviewees can find a proper balance in note usage that allows them to fluidly answer questions while also having a clear idea of the topics they want to cover, then they can maximize the benefits of virtual interviewing. I will use these tips to try to find the right balance for my upcoming virtual interviews.

  8. Despite the COVID-19 pandemic’s holt on early job-seekers, one pro takeaway is the presence of digital interviews. Not only does it save time by eliminating a drive to the interview, but also provides a comfortable environment for the interviewer and interviewee. The article puts great focus on the fact that the candidate should prepare notes or some type of cheat sheet prior to the interview. Now, this goes for an in-person interview as well, however, being behind a screen gives candidates the access to those notes rather than when face-to-face. This prevents some of the common trip-ups that interviewee’s tend to face during the big discussion. Not to mention, it also gives them the chance to stand out amongst other potentials by having a hardcopy of their due diligence. For example, gathering information about the company’s mission, history and culture can help interject what one knows to demonstrate interest in the job and the fact that they did their homework prior to the interview. In fact, the article states how knowing something about the organization you are interviewing for is the number thing you can do to prepare for an interview.
    Although the presence of a cheat sheet can give you a boost toward landing the job, if not used properly, it can have the potential to be harmful. A written aid should help one engage more fully, but shouldn’t be used as a script. Hyatt says, If you’ve ever done any type of video conference, there’s a difference between somebody constantly looking down at their notes and somebody who knows where the green light is…When you’re responding to a question, your eyes should be looking at the camera.” I could imagine that reading off of a piece of paper throughout an interview is probably not the most professional approach. Therefore, it’s important to not glance at your notes throughout the whole interview. No matter how much one is prepared, organic conversation is crucial. Truly listening and answering what the interviewer has to say can impact whether you land that job or not. So, although a few notes can be helpful, relying on them throughout the interview process, absolutely is not.

  9. When you are going into an interview, you already know what you want to discuss before the interview starts. We have mental notes in our head about what we would like to get across in our responses, but sometimes a detail will slip from mind and do not get to mention it. Using notes during a virtual interview is a smart strategy to make sure you remember everything you wanted to bring up. However, with video calls, it is easy to see when someone is looking around at something other than their camera. Our eyes wander to the view of the interviewer, to our own square, and to the small camera on our computers. Unless your notes are balanced on your computer, the interviewers will notice that you are referencing notes off screen. This could come off as disingenuous or distant in the interview. The article mentions the use of sticky notes and placing them around the camera so it does not look like you are reading notes. Using sticky notes sounds like a pretty fail-proof way of reading notes and getting your points across. However, you would never use notes in an in-person interview, so it is interesting that we are suggesting people use notes now that we can hide them. In an in-person interview, there is a higher level of professionalism for someone who is prepared to answer all the questions given to them, even if they do take a moment to think of an answer before answering. Using notes feels like a way of cheating an interview. Being able to answer questions without notes shows that you are capable of thinking quickly which will correspond to being a quick problem solver or someone who can think on their feet.
    There appears to be a divide where some people believe notes are good to have, but others who say the interviewer will know immediately if you are using notes. Virtual activities immediately pose a different set of standards to be upheld to. Just like how students have different expectations while learning virtually, interviewers have adjusted their expectations. The article mentions there is an obvious difference in observing how people use notes off screen; it is just a matter of doing it correctly. According to Vault, a good interviewer will notice the shift in voice and eye contact that lets them know the interviewee is reading notes (Solloway). But a good interviewee would know how to write a couple bulleted notes and quickly scan the notes to get back on track of what they are trying to say. Depending on the person, they will have their own ethical beliefs on using a cheat sheet for an interview, but what I think will stand out more is the way the notes are used rather than if you are or are not using notes.

  10. In-person interviews are becoming a thing of the past. There is no need for employers to interact with new people if they have the potential to not work at the company. In addition, many companies that were in-person are now online. With that, virtual interviews are becoming more common. Some of the in-person aspects inspected in an interview, like body language, are no longer a factor. There is less of an opportunity to show an employer the personable side of you and with virtual interviews, it is becoming easier to fade into the background. It is important to distinguish yourself, and it is valuable to use all of your resources to do so. Methods such as having notes maximize the virtual interviewing experience.

    Questions are important to ask during an interview. They show employers that the person is engaged and wants to learn more about the company. However, it may be difficult to come up with an intelligent question under pressure. Thinking of a few questions before the interview takes away that pressure. The questions should be unique enough to have the assurance they would not be asked during the interview, but still, seem like it was derived from the points made during the interview. These types of questions may take some time to make, so being able to write them down alleviates some stress.

    Interviews can be an extremely nerve-racking experience. Personally, under pressure, my mind begins to blank. A benefit to virtual interviews is the allowance for notes. Having notes as guidance would be very helpful to make sure I stay on track and address the intended points. Even if I were to not pay close attention to the notes, just being able to have them brings some peace of mind. Generally, this version of the interview process creates a more relaxed environment that would lesson the interviewee’s nerves.

    A flaw that may come with virtual interviews is the reliance of notes. When someone has the ability to use notes, they may use it as a crutch rather than leverage. People may be over-prepared on the information written on the cheat sheet that they cannot answer any other questions. The cheat sheet should have general talking points, but not a script that must be followed verbatim. Over adherence to notes will result in an unsatisfactory interview, as it is impossible to determine everything that will be covered in advance.

  11. Interviews have completely changed for the foreseeable future, so we need to use our new setting to our advantage. Now that we are home, we can get away with having a cheat sheet off to the side to help us feel confident about what we are talking to the employer about. I have had digital interviews since the COVID-19 pandemic began and I can definitely get behind this article. Having notes that you can glance at can drastically change how you feel during an interview. Sometimes when the employer asks you a question, you might feel like you are grasping at air for the proper answer, and having notes can help you feel more prepared, and help you sound more prepared. That’s what it did for me at least. Personally I think in person job interviews are very anxiety inducing, so for me and the rest of the population that gets anxious and sweaty palmed during an in person interview can benefit from this transition into online interviews. Having questions to interject can make you sound more professional, and in particular asking questions about the company that show you have researched about the company prior to the interview. This shows that the person wanting the job has taken the initiative, and this looks very good to a potential employer as they want people who are dedicated to their cause. You also want to have a list of your skills that could benefit the company and why you would be a great fit for the position. And I appreciated that the point to not let your notes overrun the discussion was mentioned, because some people might be looking too much at their notes and relying on them too heavily. You need to let your notes flow with the discussion and don’t stray too far from the main topic that is being spoken about. You need to make sure that if your notes don’t exactly line up with the question in discussion. Do this so you don’t accidentally give an answer that doesn’t make sense for the question. But overall, having these notes is beneficial if used in moderation. I completely support the ‘cheat sheet’ movement in online interviews.

  12. Personally, I have not done an interview virtually yet. It is interesting to me that there is a new set of rules and tips to follow concerning virtual interviews. I fully understand it though because both sides of the interview have been changed. The interviewer must convey the same sense of importance and be able to judge an interviewee over the phone now which is more difficult. It is easier to see what type of person a candidate is in person, but over a video chat you can only see what the camera is showing you. That is a negative for the interviewer, but the interviewee should take advantage of this. I never thought of doing this, but it makes perfect sense to make a cheat sheet. The only problem is that you must be extremely organized, and people tend to rely on these types of notes, and it takes their personality away. I feel like one way around this is to either only look at the notes before the interview or to do the things it says in the article. I think it is very helpful to write up a bulleted list about the company because interviewers like to ask that type of stuff to see if the interviewee is prepared. In high school I was in a business club called DECA where we competed with mock interviews, or conferences or any type of business interaction. One key part for the judges was seeing if the presenter knew about the company there were talking about, not just the job they were asked to do. I try to know about the company just in case, and it is good to know what the company is all about so you can decide if you are a good fit with them. Personally, I would not use the cheat sheet during the interview though. I see all the benefits and I agree that it is a good idea, however I know myself and do not think it is the best fit. For people who are more organized and can multitask with ease then by all means it is good, but I would rather just focus 100% on the person I am talking about. I know myself too and I could get distracted and flustered if I get disorganized so I would rather review before hand and try to off memory to seem more authentic.

  13. This article is about using a cheat sheet for online video interviews and how it can either help you or hurt you. My first thought when beginning to read this was that it is a very smart idea, to use a cheat sheet to help with your interview since it is online. Thinking further into this idea I realized that it could also screw everything up. Being a business major, this is an important article because it may have to do with my future. I will have many interviews in my life and who knows how much longer this corona virus will be going around. It is very possible that when I graduate, we will still be conducting interviews online with no risk of transferring the disease. This idea of a cheat sheet to the interview is interesting. It would allow me to reference directly in front of me on the fly and could help with tough questions that I am stuck on. On the other hand, I could use it as a reference too much. The interviewer could notice, and it would seem like I was not prepared and that I need the paper to answer the questions. It would make it seem like I was not speaking from the heart. Any way that the interview goes it could either benefit my cause or cause a bad first impression on the interviewer. There are certain ways that the article explains that you can write the cheat sheet to benefit yourself. The article states that, “create bullet points of things you want to remember or to share. Hyatt suggests creating notes on these three areas: The company, your unique skills or experiences, a list of questions.” These three categories are good starts to begin your notes. If you make sure to keep the notes short a concise it will not hurt, you to have references in front of you. It will allow you to not blank on the spot, you will have something to reference in a panic if you space out. If you do not read directly off the notes you should be fine. You can reference the notes to get your train of thought back on track and go back to off the top of your head. This would be my best opinion on how to effectively use the notes to your advantage. Overall, this is a risky play but in the end it could change the outcome of how you perform in your online interview.

  14. Having a ‘cheat sheet’ could be very good and very bad when it comes to online interviews. It can be great because you can make sure everything that you wanted to say is said throughout the interview. During an interview, your mind can be in only so many places at once and it is very common to forget a point you wanted to make. The scary part is that point missed may be the point that lands you the job. On the negative side, if your potential future employer catches you reading off of notes in an interview, it may seal your fate. I liked this article because using notes for an online interview was something I had never thought about. Though I am not surprised that people are doing this, I don’t believe that people should be doing this. The way I look at it is, if you don’t use notes during a normal face to face interview, why use them now? To me, using notes during a virtual interview would feel like cheating. I believe that if you are incapable of explaining how you can make a good impact on the company and need notes to guide you through it, maybe you aren’t qualified for the job. That being said, I do understand why people would use them. In reality, it all depends on what type of notes you have. For example, writing a script for yourself definitely will not work. It would be impossible to trick the employer into thinking you aren’t reading off of some form of notes. In the article, author Stephanie Vozza reads, ““If you’ve ever done any type of videoconference, there’s a difference between somebody constantly looking down at their notes and somebody who knows where the green light is,” says Hyatt. “When you’re responding to a question, your eyes should be looking at the camera.” This quote highlights the importance of eye contact in an interview. Conveying personability may be harder through a computer screen. Some people need the real face to face connection. In terms of the COVID-19 pandemic, there’s no telling how long online interviews will be conducted. So if people really want to go about using cheat sheets for interviews, there is a narrow time frame to do so before things start going back to the way they were.

  15. For the most part, when it pertains to interviews most people looking for jobs know what it is to expect when they walk into that interview room. They’ve done all of their preparations and reading off of note cards to fully prepare themselves to be in the best position to obtain the job which they are applying for. However now due to the pandemic, the number of in person interviews have dropped tremendously due to well known safety risks. Most interviews now are either done over the phone or over a video call. This gives the person being interviewed a great opportunity to keep their notes and any tips they need around them. I feel as though tis gives the potential employee a huge advantage but hurts the employers in the hiring process. For instance, if the less prepared potential employees use a cheat sheet during the hiring and interview it makes it harder to differentiate the strong from the weak. Virtual interviews take away from things an interviewer might notice more in person such as jitters and sudden tics people have when they’re nervous. Some people who would be better off in an in person setting might struggle behind a computer screen which then fails to give a true representation of themselves, especially if they are interviewing for a job that requires them to come and work in person. I feel as though the in person interview is a better representation of the real world and what’s in store for you at the job because you’re not talking in bullet points or short phrases just to answer questions. It’s more of an interview rather than a survey. It is a place where you are able to showcase your charisma and your personality. It’s hard to get across who you truly are as a person when someone can’t feel the magnitude of your character right before their eyes. I don’t feel as though the cheat sheet is necessarily a bad thing because just like in the cheating blog I feel as though the ends justify the means in this case. Whatever you can do to improve your life especially during a pandemic go ahead and do. There’s no reason to make life harder for yourself when it isn’t necessary.

  16. I have never been on a job interview in my life. However, it is something that will come part of my life in the near future when I start applying for jobs. The coronavirus pandemic has allowed people to apply for jobs in the comfort of their homes via video conference. The article proposes the idea that the people applying for jobs can ace their job interviews by having a cheat sheet to go along with the conference. I am personally not opposed to this idea because if I had the opportunity to do that, I would certainly take advantage of it. However, regardless if one has notes for an interview, people still need to prepare for the interviews. They need to do their research on their company and how they could add value and worth by their performance. As the article says, the company interviewing wants to know that you have knowledge on where you are applying to. It is also always important to note your past experiences and skills. Work experience is a big thing employers look at when deciding to hire you. It might be worth it to go the extra mile and make sure you remind yourself to talk about all this.
    By writing a cheat sheet for an interview, I do not necessarily think that it is taking the easy way out. By al means, people should prepare ahead of time to try and do their best on their interview. By making a couple notes on what to say is not the end of the world. In a way, it actually shows that you care about the job you are applying for. It also shows that you prepared and feel ready for any question getting thrown at you.
    In December, I will probably start the process on looking and applying for internships in the field of finance. I am assuming that interviews will still continue online because the path of the coronavirus is still uncertain. If I am lucky enough to get to the interview stage of my internships, I think I will make a little cheat sheet of mine. By doing this, I just feel like it would make me a little more confident going into the interview. Whenever I have conversations with people, I also forget to say some of the things I had in mind. I would take the time and write out the things I forget to make sure they are said in the interview. Interviews are the time where people show who they really are. I want to be ready for any question thrown at me as well as saying everything possible to show that I am the right person for the job. If that means writing a couple of notes to myself, then so be it.

  17. The Fast Company article on bringing a cheat sheet to an interview is extremely accurate. Prior to COVID-19 I did an extensive interview for an internship. If only I had this intel about cheat sheets a year ago. Knowing your own unique skills or experiences is one of the most important, most valuable, information going into an interview. A person must stand out from the rest of the candidates. Highlighting your skills and special experiences can be a huge stand-out from the candidates. Companies look for someone who is different, and since I found out this information years ago, I have been working to diverse my talents and experiences. In my own experience I have never been nervous for an interview because I treat it as a conversation. I like creating a calm environment with my employer instead of them giving me a list of things to do and I perform the tasks step by step with no questions or improvement. In the article, it says to ask questions to the company looking to employ you because this could show your interest. In my own opinion I think it is beneficial to asks questions to companies because it shows that you have done research and that they are important to who they are looking to employ. Job interviews in general are not taught enough in school and this is a perfect article to get insight to the perfect interview. With COVID-19 it is a great idea to create a cheat sheet for an interview, but I do not think people should rely on it. This makes them less prepared for in person interviews. It is good to prepare before an interview but not to rely on it. The most important information in the article is when they mention not to revert to your notes for every question an employer asks, but instead answer their question directly without scattering to look for notes. She also mentions in the article to be organized. Some of the smartest people I know are the most unorganized, but organization is such an important skill. It shows employers that you have a skill set to be prepared and organized when something is needed. I would recommend this article to not only students trying to get a job, but anyone in the country trying to get a job. All of the information in the article is important and having done an extensive interview in the past, I know first-hand how important this information is.

  18. The change this pandemic has caused was generational. Speeding up the future too much more technology-based will make things easier for younger generations and a much-needed adjustment for older. Interviews taking place online relieves stress for everyone and can allow you to be more prepared for the interview. The idea of an interview can put stress on a lot of people and even make them anxious and stressed throughout the in-person interview. Does it seem reasonable to judge someone off of an interview that is unlike the normal work they will carry out for your job? Now with access to a cheat sheet, the horizons are broadened to show who you truly are to a business and also ask the questions you feel are most important for you. When you apply for a job the interview is not only the company interviewing you but you interviewing them and you would like to be as prepared as possible. The change to more digital interviews also makes the job process easier because when companies are in the hunt for new employees. Digital interviews take less time and are easier to organize then in-person and it also broadens the number of applicants you may receive as others have more time to work within their schedule. During the interview you should be well aware of your notes and check them anytime you feel necessary but you cannot allow the notes to overrun the interview and appear you are overly focused on them. People should use this opportunity to show more about themselves and prove they can be well prepared but it doesn’t completely eliminate the stress. Companies can still ask questions you arent fully prepared for even with all your notes. Will you be able to correctly respond? That is what a company is looking for, the person who is ready for everything but also comes well prepared. Will companies find more people who they believe can fill that role with the job interviews being more favorable to interviewees? Yes but the pressure will be moved from you to them in the situation.

  19. I thoroughly enjoyed this article because it is such an important topic for many people. I feel as if having a cheat sheet for an interview would be extremely helpful. Like the article discusses, in a typical pre-covid interview, you wouldn’t be able to take out a cheat sheet to help remember specific stories. You would have to remember everything on the spot which is nerve wrecking. Now with everything being virtual, I think a cheat sheet will help everyone by taking some pressure off of the interview. I know personally, I spend a lot of time preparing for an interview by looking up typical questions the employer would ask and I would have to have my response ready to go. Now with a cheat sheet, I am able to make bullet points on important topics, stories, and experiences. I think this will help reduce the time it takes to practice for an interview while still being fully prepared. Digital interviews are definitely more convenient for both the employer and job seeker. If an employer wants to set up an interview, it is much easier to do so digitally. The job seeker has the ability to save a trip and not travel to wherever the interview is taking place. I think even after this is all done, a large majority of companies will have the option for a digital interview due to its simplicity. With cheat sheets being a viable option for digital interviews, I do not think someone should rely on them solely. An employer may still ask questions that you are not ready for. With this being said, I think it’s better to still prepare for an interview with the cheat sheet being used only as a reference point.

  20. The world we live in has change vastly over the passed year and the new “normal” is still so strange to us. Many aspects of our lives have changed, and this article discusses an important aspect. Many people have lost jobs during the pandemic, and when applying to new jobs, the typical procedure is not how it once was. Virtual interviews change how interviews are conducted completely, and it has also changed the hiring process of a lot of companies. And as it is discussed, doing interviews virtually is a lot different. A huge pro is being able to have access to notes and other documents during the interview. In a normal interview you cannot do that, so having a sheet that could help you organize your thoughts and get to every point you wanted to could be the difference between getting a job or not. The one thing that I do not like about interviews virtually is that you may not be getting the same person that you thought you were. Meeting in person and over a virtual call is completely different, and although for the person being interviewed there are many advantages to doing it virtually, it may give off the wrong idea to the employers. By using cheat sheets, you may make it seem like you know more than you actually do. You can make it seem like you are more qualified than you are, and once you get the job and start, the employer may realize that they made a mistake. Honestly, changes to job interviews like this can seriously affect the economy and the hiring process because of the gray areas of virtual interviews. Employers could also be reluctant to hire certain people so it would end up being harder to land jobs than if you could interview normally. This could also have the opposite. I have recently applied for a new job, and I had a virtual interview with the manager. The interview was very easy and there was not much stress or anxiety leading up to it. The interview felt easier to me because the stress of going to a place to interview was off me, and I ended up receiving a job offer by the end of the interview. The new normal has affected how everyone lives their lives and will permanently affect how interviews are held from now on.

  21. Interviews, whether in person or online, are stressful events. There’s so much pressure on your shoulders to say the right things, be the right person, or impress the right people. Doing these things can land you a job, an internship, or a new position in a company. While being prepared for interviews takes time, practice, and research, online interviews are easier in some ways over in-person. Although in-person interviews are a much more intimate experience than over a Zoom or Microsoft Teams meeting, online interviews allow what Stephanie Vozza calls a cheat sheet.

    Recently, I attended two interviews. One was live with a recruiter for a company I wanted to intern at, while the other had pre-recorded questions that I was to answer in an allotted amount of time. Despite thinking that the live interview went well, there were many times where I could have been more prepared to answer the questions the interviewer was giving me. I conducted research and performed a mock interview before our meeting, yet I still struggled to connect my answers with important things to mention during an interview. If I had known to prepare a cheat sheet, there is a good likelihood that I would have performed better during the interview.

    Since a lot of us will be having online interviews in-lieu of in-person ones due to the COVID-19 virus, we should utilize as many resources as possible to ensure our success. On top of the research and preparation, we should follow Vozza’s advice to utilize cheat sheets. From reminders to smile to important questions, cheat sheets can help us to remember everything we want or need to say without having to pause for too long to recall them. Furthermore, if utilized correctly, cheat sheets give interviewees a leg up against their interviewers. Coming prepared to answer challenges and sourcing important skills or experiences you have will make you much more likely to land a job or internship than someone who fumbles with their thoughts or require too much time to think of a proper answer. The only downside, as suggested by Vozza, is that sometimes cheat sheets can take control of the interview, causing us to not answer the questions asked of us. However, using a cheat sheet as a source of data that you can refer to for evidence rather than a master plan for an interview can make you sound prepared, well-spoken, and a good communicator. I know that in any future interviews online, I will try to use a cheat sheet.

  22. In-person interviews have always made me nervous. I would practice things to say beforehand, but I would get so scared that I would forget what to say. Due to COVID-19, almost all interviews are virtual. Since almost all interviews are virtual, it would be advantageous because you can look at a cheat sheet. It is an advantage to have a cheat sheet for a job interview. It allows people not to forget the points and questions they wanted to address during the interview. I honestly believe that a cheat sheet will help with the nervousness that people have because they won’t have to worry about forgetting what they wanted to say. The cheat sheet will allow people to remember some of the company information they forgot when researching it. I agree that people should not write paragraphs because they won’t have the time to read it during the interview. Bullet points are probably the best option. I agree that the facts that should be on the cheat sheet are the information you gathered on the company, the skills and experience you have, and any questions that you may have. I like how Hyatt says that companies usually ask if you have any questions for them. She stated that people shouldn’t ask questions on the spot. They should prepare questions beforehand. Hyatt noted that “having a prepared list communicates intentionality and thoughtfulness to your interviewers.” I agree with that statement because when I have questions prepared, they are well thought out and articulated, but when I went into interviews and made up questions, it sounded like I tried to make a conversation. Having a cheat sheet could also be a curse because you may have too much information and get confused. As the article stated, don’t let the notes you write derail the interview. The notes should help people gain a little more confidence and help the interview become more interactive. I like this article and the tips that it offers. I haven’t done a zoom interview yet, but I’m doing one soon. After reading this article, I feel more confident in myself.

  23. I definitely agree with this blog post. Job interviews have gotten way easier because of the pandemic, but at the same time, less personal in my opinion. For me, it’s way less nerve-wracking to sit in front of my computer screen rather than face to face to my interviewer. Yes, you can write notes, bullet points and be better prepared for an online interview, but nothing beats talking one-on-one to someone in person. I do feel more confident in an online interview, but then again, technical difficulties are a possibility and they might be as detrimental as a bad answer. I do enjoy having the ability to be comfortable in your home with your notes prepared, but I also don’t know if I’m prepared for everything to stay this way. Since everything is virtual now, I believe many businesses might continue do use the programs and methods they’ve been using since the start of the pandemic even after this is all back to normal. This world has been completely digitalized and, in some ways, changed for the better. However, a lot of things are simply better-done face to face and hopefully, we can go back to it someday.

  24. If someone saw this article just last year they would question the necessity of it. Over the past seven months our world has changed, possibly forever. The technological advancements, due to the inability to be face-to-face with people, have increased exponentially. At first, we thought zoom and teams were a cool and effective way to hold classes and meetings, but recently the Square has been introduced which takes it to a whole different level. Seeing something like this really makes you feel like you are in the future. Although it took a terrible pandemic to further develop our technologies, at least we got something out of it.
    Interviews are one of the things that will be negatively affected for both interviewers and potential employees. The face-to-face aspect of meeting a person and learning about them is an invaluable experience for all parties. However, I do think that the interviewees stand to benefit the most from these virtual interviews. It is easier to fake your emotions and seem more prepared than you really are if you are sitting in your living room. As Vozza shows us, the ability to have a cheat sheet to remember important things about the company and about yourself, as well as important questions to ask is a huge plus. These things can be easily forgotten when you have to sit face-to-face without being able to pull out a notecard with those tips. Also, the stress of driving to the job and sitting in a waiting room waiting for your name to be called is another thing that interviewees do not have to go through.
    When I had an interview for Target back in March, I was not sure how it was going to go. With the beginning of masks and social distancing I thought there was a chance that the interview would be online. Obviously with everyone losing their jobs I was nervous for this interview, as this was also the only place out of like 10 others that I applied to. I had searched up every question Target asks as well as every bit of information about the company. It felt like I was preparing for a final exam. All of this time spent studying helped me prepare and feel confident that I deserved this job. I understand that the anxieties of interviews are normal, but personally I feel like a face-to-face interview is the best way to get to know a potential employer as well as see the place that you will be working at. For me, if you are not able to have a successful interview, you will not be able to be successful in almost any job you are interviewing for. Also, a nervous person will tend to look at their notes too much and make it seem like they are unprepared.

  25. I think as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic virtual interviews are going to become the norm even more than they already have started to become in the business world. Personally, I feel as though when it comes to me and interviews I always tend to psych myself out leading up to the interview itself but when the time comes I feel much calmer because of the person-to-person element of the interview. Getting to meet this person face to face and really getting to make a meaningful connection on things outside of what the purpose of the interview is is what makes the process to me significantly easier. For someone that struggles with minor issues on staying focussed, getting to see someone right in front of me helps to keep my attention and prevents me from wandering off. I also do a ton of prep work whenever I’ve gone for interviews so I feel much more inclined to study up and prepare myself as opposed to just procrastinating my preparation as I would if it were virtual. I give my own personal example for interviewing for accounting internships pre-COVID. One was with a medium-sized firm in person and the other was with one of the big four accounting firms. They were scheduled to be in person and virtual respectively. The medium-sized firm’s interview went amazing as I was well prepared and well-thought-out when talking to the interviewers and made meaningful connections. And like how the article pointed out I came in with plenty of questions to ask and ultimately got the internship. As opposed to my big four experience where it was to be done online and I immediately felt as though it was a bit less important just because I knew there would be no face-to-face element related to this. Unfortunately for people like me who prefer in-person interviews, this may become a thing of the past as there are numerous benefits to virtual meetings for those on the company’s end. Being able to cultivate through a large pool of candidates and get more interviews done in a fraction of the time are just some of the reasons why companies are headed for this method.

    In regards to the cheat sheet itself, I think it’s a huge advantage for many people because the sheet can act as a reminder for all the things to talk about. For any interviews I’ve had in the past I’ve always written down on a flashcard any brief info I need or question I must remember to bring up. I feel that has always served me well but I can see how some people may want to add more information to make an even more in-depth conversation for an interview. As much as I personally have a preference for in-person interviews, I see the countless benefits that come with virtual interviews and I can understand why companies are already switching to this kind of style. I can also see how students would prefer this method too but at least personally I feel as though I’m always going to prefer this method over any other.

  26. Living in a world where interviews are online and have a chance of staying this way for awhile allow for ways for the interviewee to stay on track with what they are trying to stay. While having notes on a one-on- one interview is less likely to happen, when it comes to virtual it is easy to get notes with bullets on what to say. I would say when I was on interviews in the past, I tended to blank out on what to say to questions and about the company. These bullet notes I make on the company ahead of time is going to help me show that I did do my research and that I will not forget during the interview. One trait that having notes on myself will help with is telling the employer about my past experiences and how they benefit my position for the job. I have seen people interview online during COVID-19 and not use the resources they had available to help them proceed with the interview efficiently. I believe that if I were to be in an interview online, I would have specific examples of why I am a great pick. This could be harder to remember when being on the spot.
    When in an interview it could be hard to have questions handy when in person. This is why when you are online it is great to be able to write out your questions ahead of time, so the employer knows you are interested. The worst thing to do is not ask a question and this is completely right because this could draw them away from thinking you are not interested in the specifics. An important thing I remember is to have at least three questions at hand, so the conversation keeps going and the interest levels increase. I know that my questions are specific to the trade, but I have heard that it is common that the notes people take can take them away from the topic at hand. If the interview derails a little bit this is not bad but if there is nothing about the job being discussed, then this could be seen as a tactic to get out of the interview. It is important to know that there is usually a time frame that the interviews are being conducted in so make sure that everything you want them to know about you gets out.
    I think this article helps to understand the importance of note taking before the interview. You need to be able to do your homework, ask questions and promote yourself in the interview and with the access of virtual interviews this could be easier with bullet points.

  27. The outbreak of COVID-19 took most countries and businesses by surprise, changing the daily lives of almost every individual. Quarantines, mask mandates and social distancing orders were enacted across the United States, in hopes to lessen the transmission of the virus. Businesses quickly transitioned from in-person work schedules to virtual within the span of a few weeks. Thus, most in-person company operations also halted, including traditional interview procedures. Most interviews were conducted online, giving interviewers and interviewees the ability to still speak “face-to-face” while abiding the pandemic safety guidelines. This practice is not only the safest option, but it also the most convenient, allowing both parties to conduct the meeting from the comfort of their own homes.

    While the setting differs from a typical interview, interviewees are still expected to perform well, conducting research on the company, its values, mission, and culture. Similarly, individuals interested in the vacant position should also be able to effectively communicate their skills and experiences, providing examples of their abilities applied in the workplace. They should be prepared to answer challenging questions by the interviewers, as well as ask their own questions about the company. The author of this article, Stephanie Vozza, confirms the necessity of these steps to stand out to an interviewer, however, she also encourages the use of a “cheat sheet,” to be referenced during the online interview.

    Vozza encourages readers to make the most of online interviews, as interviewees can hold the interview in a comfortable environment that allows them to utilize their resources to their advantage. For example, having note cards available behind the camera for quick glances, or additional interview responses on a separate computer tab, these techniques can greatly enhance one’s interview, ultimately impacting their chances of securing the job. While these cheat sheets are able to provide quick and simple talking points to interviewees, this technique can also be viewed as a crutch; individuals interviewing for the job can be perceived as relying on their prepared answers, incapable of utilizing their communication and interpersonal skills. Not only does reading from a cheat sheet undermine the purpose of an interview, as an interviewer can easily reference his or her resume for information, but it also makes the conversation impersonal, as interviewees struggle to make a real connection or even eye contact with the interviewer.

    This can significantly impact the opportunity of an interviewee securing a job, as it also reflects on him or her as being unprofessional and unprepared for the conversation. Thus, it is imperative interviewees follow the same preparation techniques and procedures of a typical in-person interview; interviewees should strive to be the best versions of themselves as it reflects their passion and enthusiasm for the position. It also allows interviewers to truly assess their communication skills, giving interviewees the opportunity to expand upon their talking points and experiences. Furthermore, the ability of an interviewee to speak about the company, its employees, culture, and values without referencing a cheat sheet portrays a sense of reliability and responsibility, characteristics that show true interest and qualifications for the role at hand.

  28. Interviews are a critical part of the hiring process and often-times the hardest and scariest. As of recently, companies and firms have begun to gradually shift from the traditional methods of interviewing to newer and more innovative ways: video interviews. Video interviews are usually conducted two different ways: (1) you are on a live video call with the interviewer, and (2) pre-recorded videos that are sent in for review by the company or firm. The shift did begin pre-Covid; however, due to Covid, a significant number of companies were forced to adopt this method. As mentioned in the article, videoconferencing has become the primary method used by companies. As with anything, there are pros and cons to online interviews. One of the major pros as described in the article is being “able to do it from the comfort of your own home.” Another big advantage is that you have the ability to use a cheat sheet as the article emphasizes. In the traditional ways, the interviewee would often prepare a set of notes that they would review before the interview; however, during the interview they were unable to refer to these notes. In the virtual interview, the interviewee now has the ability to keep these notes near them and quickly refer to them as a refresher of what they wanted to say throughout the interview. On the other hand, when using notes, one must be careful of referencing them too much. As the article warns, having long notes or using the notes too frequently throughout the interview could make your thoughts sound scripted. In turn, taking away from the organic and conversational nature of the interview. Thus, it is important to remember that although you can reference your notes in a virtual interview setting, it is still necessary to review and know what you want to say in advance to avoid becoming reliant on your notes.
    Due to the increased use of technology and Covid-19, virtual interviewing is starting to and has become increasingly popular. Perhaps, it may even become the new normal for the interview process. In the future, I expect companies would seek a hybrid interview process that combines both the traditional and new virtual methods of interviewing. I predict that companies will have initial interviews virtually, and then if a second interview is needed, it would be face-to-face. By having the second interview in person, it allows the company to make the personal connection with strong potential employees. Also, it allows the potential employee to display more of their personality and soft skills to the employer. All in all, technological advancements and innovation in conjunction with the effects of Covid-19, we have seen a shift in many ways companies perform activities and tasks. Now, interviewing is added to the list and it has proven to be successful and effective once the kinks and cons are acknowledged and worked through.

  29. Most, if not all, of us have some form of experience with interviewing. This experience can come from a variety of sources, such as: mock interviews performed as a class assignment, interviews for a position in some sort of organization such as a club or honor society, an interview for our first job, and some of us may have even interviewed for an internship or future employment prospect. Regardless of the setting and importance of the interview, the time leading up to the interview is usually similar. We prepare our notes, review those notes constantly, pick out our best attire, probably look in the mirror a few dozen times to ensure our hair is presentable, or our tie is straight, and tap our foot or twiddle our thumbs while we await for the interview to begin.

    With the current pandemic ravaging our standard way of life, many adjustments have been made to the way business, and thus interviews, are conducted. Due to social distancing mandates and stay-at-home recommendations, many interviews are being held virtually, whether it be a video call, a phone call, or other form of correspondence. As Vozza states, this change increased the comfort level that interviewees can now appreciatively experience. They can remain in the comfort of their own home, avoid the stress of traffic or a long commute, and dress in a relaxing manner from the waist down. This opens up an array of options that the interviewee may not use to gain an advantage in their interview, the main being notes or a “cheat sheet.”

    This is reassuring for many, for a large amount of the population experiences some anxiety related to interview preparation and performance. Those individuals can now prepare a list of pointers to help keep them on track, boost their confidence, and increase the quality of their interview. The tips offered by Vozza are helpful for someone like myself, who has not experienced a virtual interview yet, but will likely do so in the coming months. The first tip of avoiding lengthy paragraphs in favor of short bullet points is a tip that has assisted me greatly in the past. The most prominent of these cases was in my professional speech class, in which we were allowed notecards. Using bullet points instead of scripting the entirety of the speeches allow me to speak with a sense of fluidity and confidence. To add to this, the idea of writing the bullet points on sticky notes and adhering them to the way behind the webcam, or even around the webcam is a clever strategy to maintain eye contact.

    As far as the content of the notes is concerned, I believe Vozza gave a quick, yet effective guide on what to keep handing during an interview. I believe that many of us often focus too heavily on advertising ourselves seeing as how that is what an interview is supposed to be, but we often neglect the position we’re interviewing for. Offering the tip of remembering to inquire about the company itself will definitely help, and potentially save, a lot of interviews. It shows the interviewer that you are interested in the company itself, and shows that you have probably done your research. Of course, remembering to jot down your relevant skills and knowledge will ensure that you present your strongest attributes, and keep the employer interested. Lastly, prepping a list of general questions can help extend the interview, show the interviewer that you’re engaged, and leave a lasting impression on the interviewer. I think these tips are helpful, and I am sure others who may have used them already will agree. With virtually interviewing likely becoming the norm for the time being, this article can be a valuable asset to many.

  30. The COVID-19 Pandemic has clearly modified every person’s life in some way. One of the most prominent being the new ‘work from home’ standard. For a more reserved and introverted employee, this shift to remote work has most likely been a dream for them. In contrast, the more outgoing, social and extroverted employee may be struggling in their career. With working from home, comes interviewing from home with these same effects on different types of applicants. The introverted interviewee may excel more virtually because of their ability to look off notes rather than recalling important information in a stressful interview. The extroverted applicant may find it difficult to portray their true personality through a screen, because of their inability to accurately observe the personality of the interviewer and come off as awkward or too outgoing.

    What is important to highlight from this article is to not rely too much on notes that an applicant may have prepared for an interview. If they feel the need to write out full paragraphs to read from, they most likely should not be applying for that job. Instead, practicing responses for commonly asked interview questions and writing down information that is not easily recalled on sticky notes is the way to go. By doing this, an interviewee will still come off as genuine and well-informed and will not appear to be reading word-for-word off notes. Preparing for an interview is key, even if the entire process looks a bit different right now. Just as in the academic atmosphere, one cannot simply cheat their way through tasks and expect to succeed. Allow yourself to be challenged by an interview; even if you are not perfect employers will notice the difference between you and someone relying solely on their notes.

  31. Everyone has experienced an interview in some way, and has experienced the nerves that come along with an interview. With the current situation we are in today, due to COVID-19, interviews have moved to being virtual. These virtual interviews can be either on zoom with professionals, or where you have questions and you record your answers. The virtual interviews on zoom are the better option of the two because you can still speak with a professional and have a conversation with them. The interviews where you have questions and have to record your answers are more difficult because you only have a certain number of attempts to record yourself answering the question, and you get more nervous because it is just you recording yourself, rather than speaking with someone like a normal interview would be. The one good thing about the interviews where you have questions and record yourself is you can have a little cheat sheet with you to help answer the questions. You have time to answer the question before you record yourself, so this allows you to write out an answer for the question and then read off this answer in the recording. When you are in a zoom interview with a professional you do not have this opportunity for the cheat sheet. The cheat sheet can help you not be as nervous during the interview, and make yourself seem more prepared when you are recording your answer. As the article notes, you do not want to have paragraphs on your cheat sheet because then it will look like you are just reading right off of your screen, but if you have bullet points to glance at, it will help you with your answer and make it easy to move from each topic you are speaking about. All in all, virtual interviews might be the new normal for everyone and it is beneficial to get use to them now, rather than later. These virtual interviews allow you to be comfortable in your home, and develop a cheat sheet with bullet points that will help you speak about the things you are looking to speak about in the interview.

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    During the pandemic of 2020, many jobs have been lost, gained and all have been put through desperate times and back. It was sad to witness, not being able to do much to help was hard. When the pandemic started to die down, jobs were and currently are a huge interest for many many people. We are currently experiencing the highest unemployment rate ever. When having interviews in person, many many things are taken into consideration by both parties. The hiring party looks for appearance, personality, public speaking, how you walk, talk, and present yourself along with many more things. The interviewee is looking at the job atmosphere, demographics of the workers, and the whole feeling of the office and potential people they would be working with. It is unfortunate that a lot of positions have been moved online and can be a difficult change. Having a cheat sheet in an interview situation can give off a good or bad impression. It can show you’ve done the research and have questions, but if relied on too much it can show that not much information was retained and needs much reassuring. Now, since everything is at the tip of your fingers online, it can make things much more convenient. With online resources, people are at ease and comfortable with the situation. It can ease nerves and allow for smooth flowing conversations. An online interview is an advantage from an information standpoint, but an extreme disadvantage from an experience standpoint. It can be difficult to understand information, grasp the true concept and experience of the position.
    I believe interviews are much more thought out, eventful, and experience based when in person. I understand times are difficult and circumstances are not ideal, but if people can go out to eat and hear the conversation of a table next to them, I think they can go sit six feet apart and be interviewed. Although I have not done an online interview, I think that companies are doing everything they can to make the process go as smoothy and free-flowing as possible. I would like to see where this will lead us in the near future, and if in-person interviews will continue, or if the virtual aspect will slowly take over.

  33. The COVID-19 pandemic has caused a massive loss in employment and, now more than ever, there is an increased prevalence of the use of digital platforms to conduct occupational interviews. The use of technology in regards to applying for jobs has given people looking for jobs an advantage while interviewing. Now, applicants can use “cheat sheets” while they are being interviewed which allows them to have information to reference while questions are being asked. The possibility of saying the wrong thing, forgetting important characteristics about yourself, or failing to have an example to support said important characteristic is diminished as written notes can be referenced without being subject to judgement from the employer.

    An applicant bringing in notes during an interview would not have been allowed during face-to-face interactions. However, with the introduction of digital platforms being the new norm for conducting interviews, applicants have the ability to outline the qualities that are looked for in employees on pieces of paper and are able to reference these bulleted facts when need be. The process of interviews is made easier for applicants and the chances of best describing oneself are increased.

    The article points out that even when an applicant has their notes available, it is best to not look at them too often. Eyes darting around the room or looking down for a significant portion of the interview exemplifies disorganization or a lack of confidence. A great alternative to having a piece of paper laying on a table is instead using sticky notes and sticking them on the computer, by the camera. The notes will always be available, they will not block the view of the camera, and the eyes of the applicant will not travel too often or too sporadically. Having notes prepared for the interview is a great way to make sure all points are covered, however, depending on them can cause more harm than good. An applicant should make sure not to be completely dependent on their notes.

  34. Like any suddenly emergent technology, video interviews and the digital workspace will be massive assets for those who are able to adapt to them more quickly. I think the availability of notes during a digital interview is a very interesting concept. In a digital interview, you are not just sitting in someone else’s office, you are sitting in your own. You could even have another computer next to you in order to quickly access information that will make you appear more knowledgeable during your interview. With that in mind, this may be one of the secret blessings of virtual learning. Technology is improving at a rate that is unparalleled by any other point in human history. In my short professional life, I have only had one in-person interview. This was for a job at a supermarket and even then, it mainly functioned as a confirmation that I was a real person as the main decision was already done by a computer algorithm based on answers I had given to a survey. In the jobs I have gotten since then, my first in-person interaction was my first day of work. Most of my interviewing experiences have occurred before the pandemic. I can only imagine how far things have accelerated into the online world since then. With this being the case, it is unlikely that many of us will have in person interviews in our post college years. Online learning will help us adapt to this new world in a way that physical classrooms never could. While it is true that physical learning develops a different set of skills than digital learning, perhaps those skills are becoming less valuable as the problems they helped solve disappear. For example, this semester has given me the ability to wake up much later for my morning classes than I would have in the semesters prior. I don’t have to shower and I could probably attend all of my classes without wearing pants if I wanted to. The trade off is that there is no physical distinction between work and home. It takes a certain kind of mental fortitude to complete your work in an environment where there are so many distractions. It may be tough to develop that kind of discipline, but it will take us far in an increasingly online world.

  35. The innovation that has been sparked due to the pandemic is very inspiring. Although a ‘cheat sheet’ may seem like an unfair advantage for interviewees, it is far from it. Students and recent graduates who are seeking employment at this time are facing a strange and unusual circumstance in which their networking is composed of entirely NON face to face interactions. The very few moments of video conference screen-time that they do manage to receive must be cherished. By allowing yourself a cheat sheet when interviewing you are not only attempting to maximize your own chances of being hired, but you are also gaining valuable practice in interviewing skills. Many people would benefit greatly from this small nudge in the right direction, which may make it so that in the future they are better prepared for actual in-person interviews. The tools that being at-home during professional interactions provides are boundless, and I have no doubts in the creativity of my peers when it comes to this.

  36. When COVID-19 wreaked havoc on society, society had to adapt—and to do so, a lot of processes normally conducted in person were transferred to online formats. Interviews were no exception to this rule, and now most of them are still being conducted through technology. While virtual interviews are nothing new, I had only heard of them being relatively common if the place of work was a great distance away; however, now that we have grown accustomed to the ease and convenience of these virtual interactions, I cannot imagine that we will ever fully return to the procedures we used before the pandemic.

    I was able to personally experience in-person interviews as well as virtual interviews over the last eight months (What a long eight months!), and it is very easy to tell that each format has its pros and cons.

    In-person interviews present numerous benefits. First of all, they feel a lot more personal; rather than looking into a camera or at a screen, you are looking somebody in the eyes and [hopefully] enjoying their presence. Because you are in their presence, it is much easier to read people—their attitudes, their reactions, their behaviors—and get a feel for the atmosphere. Usually, you can also get a grasp on what the company itself is like; most of the time, interviews will occur within the place of work, so you get a mini walkthrough and the chance to gauge the company’s culture (Is everyone in a cubicle? Are there tables for collaborative work? How is the office decorated? You get the idea!). Of course, the primary benefit of in-person interviews is that you can usually hear and see people clearly. As somebody who has had a lot of internet connectivity issues, experiencing in-person interactions was like a breath of fresh air! No more asking, “Can you repeat what you said? You froze!”

    However, virtual interviews present a lot of benefits that have remained largely unexplored (since, again, these types of interviews were not nearly as common). The main benefit is the one discussed by the article: the ability to take notes and have them displayed while conducting your interview. I actually planned to do something similar for a ten-minute session I had with an employer earlier today at the Career Fair. I wrote down a few questions that I wanted to keep in mind; however, given that I have researched the company several times and know my resume like the back of my hand, I did not feel the need to write anything for the other two categories suggested by the author. However, after writing down the questions, I had sufficiently memorized them and did not even need to refer to my notes while in my session! Nonetheless, having them there as a crutch is always nice, especially for people who get nervous about interviews—and nervousness leads me into another perk of society working virtually. Big interviews can be nerve-wracking, but they might be less so when you are in the comfort and familiarity of your own home. Being able to conduct these interviews from a person’s domain and safe-space likely puts a lot of pandemic interviewees at ease.

    Although virtual interviews offer both parties a lot of conveniences, I personally prefer in-person interviews. Not only do I value the personal connections I can make with my interviewer (which is much harder to do if they are on a screen), but I find it very important and helpful to be able to enter a potential workplace (which was a deciding factor in choosing my new job). However, I know that the future of interviews and business as a whole is changing, so with it, I and everybody else will need to adjust.

  37. This article resonated with me because when COVID hit I was still in the interview process with my current full-time job. I remember being so nervous about what to expect and figuring out how to approach this interview. I made a cheat sheet prior to my interview and it helped so much with remaining calm, remember questions to ask as well as any extra information I found on the company to incorporate in some of my answers. Even though many will believe that utilizing a cheat sheet is cheating however you are putting the work to put together a cheat sheet. Also, an interview is personal so a cheat sheet being used during an interview isn’t the same as a cheat sheet during a test. Since the world is constantly changing we need to get used to the new norms that come along with COVID and the internet world.

  38. Stephanie Vozza brought up a very good point in this article. Many people that are going through interviews during the time of the pandemic have an advantage of using a cheat sheet to recall information when they are asked questions during the interview. As she mentions, “A written aid should help you engage more fully, but don’t turn it into a script that stunts your ability to connect with the interviewer.” A cheat sheet is not made for the right answer, but it should be made with your answers. Throughout this class, Professor Shannon mentions that it is not about the right answer or answering the question that you want to be asked but rather answering the question that was asked with your own answer. When you have a cheat sheet, it is not there for you to be staring at the whole time to rely on for your answers, it is there for a glance and to use when you actually need it.
    When going for an interview, the people interviewing you are focused on what you know about the history of the company, and how you would benefit and help the company get better. “The goal of an interview is to connect your experience with a particular position.” The goal is to show your true self, not to be the perfect person with the perfect answers that they want to here. People are more interested in a natural, normal person with flaws like any other human than someone that tries to have the perfect answers to assure they get the position, because it is more likely that you will not when you do that. In my personal experience, when I had an interview with Columbia University over the phone, I had a cheat sheet with some of my prior experiences and accomplishes so that I would not forget to mention them. Also, one thing that I found essential as mentioned in the article was to ask them if they have any other questions for you. Before my interview I looked up the history of the school itself, the qualities that they look for and a basic question overview that they asked so I could be prepared with my answers. I rarely looked at my cheat sheet when it came to the time of the actual interview because I made sure that I was well prepared and knew what I was going to bring up about myself before it actually happened.
    Overall a cheat sheet during the time of an interview during this pandemic could be very beneficial in order to make sure that you mention everything about yourself that you want them to know, but it is not about being perfect and looking for the “right” answers. Being yourself and showing who you really are is the best option for success.

  39. Due to the recent pandemic and the demand for reducing face to face contact everything for the most part has been transferred remotely. This includes job interview. I have experienced doing a job interview through zoom and I agree with the article in regards to the statement that it helps doing an interview from your home. I felt more confutable doing it in my own home, and did not have the added stress of communing, and worrying about time and location. I think that doing job interviews via video calls give the candidate an advantage then interviewing in person. This is because it is fairly easy to place note cards on your computer or near your computer that you can look at during the interview without it being obvious. While doing this you have to be careful to not make your answers seem to scripted, like you are reading your answers that you have prepared. You want to just make bullet proof points.

  40. Interviews can be stressful no matter how much you’ve prepared. Any type of interview can be nerve wracking whether it be for a small job to earn money in your hometown or if it is your first job out of college. Preparing properly in today’s day and age is a little different then preparing for a traditional interview. Many conversations and interviews now involve some type of online platform. Many people including myself are conducting conversations with people over things like Zoom. I’ve even talked with a professional in the industry of my major over a computer platform. Knowing a lot about the person or company could never hurt. It can help you to make conversation or formulate questions based on their job history. If you have a question about a previous position or a time in the company’s history then it helps to have done some research on the person or company. It is always good to be able to connect your past experiences with a job or position. You can help to show that you have had experience in the field or position that you are interviewing for. If you don’t have any type of past experience then you could maybe tell them about skills that you have that would be helpful to them. Having a good skill set can help a company to decide where you belong with them and where you and your abilities would best be used. Having questions for the interviewer is a good sign for them. If you have no questions then it could seem like you know everything, but asking questions shows that you are interested and that you want to learn more about them, the company or the position in question. Overall preparing this way for an online interview and even a possible in person one will definitely help you to seem professional and a great candidate for any future jobs.

  41. In the crazy times of 2020, some traditions must be changed. An example of this would be interviews. Personally, I think that taking part in an online interview would be much more comfortable because of the familiarity of the place I would be taking the interview in. Also, there are fewer things that could go horribly wrong (missing your transportation). Furthermore, being in a familiar place would keep anxiety lower. Forbes says that when interviewees experience anxiety, they are more rigid and stutter, but when interviewees are not anxious, they are more assertive and do better in interviews. Vozza’s article about using a cheat sheet during an online interview is something that I have not really thought of, but I do think it is a good idea. It is like having notecards while making a speech, they should not be a crutch, but they are there to keep the speaker on task. It will keep speaking smooth and keep the candidate from running out of things to say or carrying on the same topic. I really liked the idea of the notecard. I feel like it will serve its purpose the best when taking notes on facts and aspects about the company. Everyone knows everything about themselves and in the heat of the interview, I feel it would benefit the candidate to have things about the company that they can talk about, written down. I feel like it would be helpful to have the important things about themselves written down. Personally, when I am nervous, I tend to talk about things for too long and do not really articulate my ideas. The cheat sheet would be there if I need it. However, it is pivotal that the interviewee keeps their eyes on the screen, very much like keeping eye contact during the face to face interview. Putting the notes on sticky notes on the screen is a good way to keep eyes on the screen at all times. The cheat sheet is great and all but should not take away the preparation that goes into the interview. Like I previously stated, the sheet should not be a crutch. Preparation is a necessity and should not be overlooked due to the change of circumstances. This is where the cheat sheet could hinder the interviewee. They may get too comfortable and overlook the preparation for the interview. The cheat sheet during online interviews can come in clutch or it can actually hinder the interviewee because they rely on it too much. I think there should be preparation to the point where the interviewee does not need the cheat sheet, but it cannot hurt to have it taped to the screen.

  42. I feel like this is somewhat self explanatory, like if you have to take a test on the computer you can easily just can a cheat sheet layed out next to you. However, whether that is ethically correct or not is debatable. The same way, going to an interview is so that the boss can get to know the kind of person you are. If you read off of a note card, you may have a better interview, but will that change who you are? I feel that a better approach is to simply be who you portray. If the interview was made in person at the last minute, and you had to show up without your notes, would you be able to still get the job? it is not about what you do but how you do it. You can easily answer all of the questions given by an employer by simply being honest. Even if you had to lie, the best lies are told with partial truth. Another thing to consider is that if you are able to obtain an interview it is because the place you are applying needs the help, so you hold the leverage because you are the special candidate that is supposed to fill the void of the company currently has. That is what helped me to succeed and get the job I have. I work in sales so to be able to sell to people is hard, so the first step is to be able to sell yourself at that interview. Overall learning to give great interviews without the use of “cheating,” is a great life skill. One day the interviewer might have to be the one that interviews the client.

  43. Interviews are one of the most important times in a person’s life because it determines whether they get their dream job, or they get passed on. It is crucial to nail the interview and with these new opportunities that opened up with online interviews. Take advantage of the opportunity and keep notes up around your screen to help you nail the interview. The article goes on to explain the different notes you should have in front of you. Similar to a regular in-person interview, the notes should be easy to remember and should only be important and relevant to the interview. Just having notes will not help land the job but it is important to remember that half of the interview is based off on relation. If an interviewer likes you as a person that works great because I was taught a very important rule. Your grades and resume will get you in the door, but you need to prove your worth in the interview and convince them that you are the right fit. It also goes through some tips to nail the interview and one of them is to smile when being interviews because it makes the interviewer enjoy the conversation and it helps you with the nerves. Have a little fun with it, it is very stressful but there is no need to show up and say “um” and “like” too many times and ruin the interview. The article explains three main types of post-it notes to have. One was notes on the company. It is always great to know everything about the company before interviewing to show that you are already knowledgeable of the company even before being hired. This shows initiative and can sway them to pick you over someone else. The second one was to have your unique skills and experiences. This is good, but this is more of a reminder because this is stuff you should have memorized by now. Although having a cheat sheet cannot hurt. The last one was a list of questions. It is good to have a variety of questions just in case some of the questions get answered throughout the interview. It is not good to ask questions that were answered in the interview. That makes it look like you were not fully paying attention. A tip I got from a trusted friend was to have a pen with you and to put a checkmark next to the questions that have been answered. Richard Heins in the comments made a great point when he said, “you are not just sitting in someone else’s office, you are sitting in your own.” This is such a good point because instead of the intimidation of being in someone’s office, you can relax because you can pick a location that feels the most comfortable for you. Of course, this has to have a professional background or you can add a background. That is another thing that can make you a step above the competition. I learned this from a friend who interviewed for a company this past month and put a background of their offices and it got a good reaction from the interviewer who recognized it. You should feel in control of the interview but still respect that you are not in charge. That does not make much sense, but you should go into these interviews being confident and ready for anything and remain respectful for the interviewer. A cheat sheet is a must-have for virtual interviews and if done right can lead to you landing that key interview for your dream job.

  44. Regardless of whether you are performing a video conference or in-person interview, the most important aspect is to prepare yourself. It is crucial that you assemble due diligence on the company that you are seeking a job with. Demonstrating your Knowledge of the organization’s history, culture, and mission will result in a positive first impression. Prior to the interview, organizing a page in bullet format, illustrating your accomplishments and qualifications that would make you a successful candidate will ensure a smooth and successful interview. Weaving your unique skills with the company’s requirements and expectations will produce an attractive match for the position the company is offering. Never underestimate your personal attributes and why you would be the most qualified candidate for the job. During this point in time with the circumstances of the pandemic, video conferences have become more prevalent. The positive aspects of video conferences are that a cheat sheet such as the typed bullets points mentioned earlier, can be used, but discretely. Utilizing this cheat sheet allows one to easily reference key questions and points they wish to make during the interview process. Video conferencing allows one to perform the interview in the comfort of their own home and thus eliminates commute time, allowing one to prepare accordingly. It is essential that the use of the cheat sheet does not derail the interview and should only be used as an aid. An interview is meant to display one’s communication skills and therefore it is important that the interviewer doesn’t observe one looking down, and reading a script opposed to making eye contact, and being more personable. Strategically placed sticky notes around your computer screen may be beneficial for individuals who tend to forget what they wish to convey. Organizational skills are key in almost every job and looking down and reading from a script displays that the interviewee is unprepared and disorganized. An individual who is well prepared will experience less nervousness, and therefore will be more confident, making less mistakes. A final question to close the interview should regard the companies mission statement if it was not previously mentioned. This question depicts that the interviewee is not only interested in the job, but they are also intrigued by the company itself, and what it wishes to accomplish.

  45. I found this article to very informative on the several things one should keep in mind when applying to an interview, especially with the COVID-19 pandemic currently happening. As a result, most interviews are virtual and no longer face-to-face meetings, the ones in which the sweat off our foreheads begin to form and we fidget uncontrollably out of nervousness. While this is a blessing to some, it just means the vetting process has become increasingly difficult for employers who wish to selectively choose the best potential candidate for the open position. In times like these, the best chances we stand are confidence and proving to those potential employers that we are worth more in value to the company than anyone else. These realities come as a result of the ever-increasing competitiveness and brutal nature of the workforce, specifically when the percentage of unemployed people come in at the double-digit mark.

    Personally, I have not had a job interview in a long time. Once, I worked as a self-employed independent contractor under DoorDash Inc., a food-delivery service much like that of GrubHub, Postmates, Uber Eats, etc. When COVID-19 first hit, there was an influx in customers who recently received their stimulus checks and wanted to spend it all on Taco Bell or Applebee’s. I was fortunate to be able to work during this time, as many others either contracted the disease or were at too high a risk to be employed. I spend countless hours in my car driving from Point A to Point B, then back to the new Point A onwards to the new Point B. It never bored me, though. In fact, I loved it quite a lot. Growing up, I idolized the pizza delivery man and would frantically wait at the door until he arrived. When he knocked, I would open it, insist on shaking his hand, then pass on the tip (which I always hounded my parents to increase). Ergo, when I started working, it was completely reliant upon myself for the number of hours or commissions I chose to take on, and I made a fair amount of income doing so.

    Not all good things last, I suppose. College has proven itself to be demanding in terms of course workload. Hence, the number of hours I worked decreased to complement my schooling with the grades I deem sufficient. However, not all is lost because I began a course to gain my real estate license in New Jersey. So, maybe, one day I will have to apply to fill a position at some brokerage. Even then, my application will mostly be me presenting myself as a young individual looking to intern to gain experience. All things considered, I will not necessarily be working the typical nine-to-five job that requires me to sit down, speak about my skillset, review my teamwork ability, etc. So, while interviews are not entirely out of the question for me, I made a promise to forever be the bearer of my own future, working off of commissions if necessary.

  46. This article has some good points about making notes to prepare for interviews. Cheat sheets definitely do have their benefits and drawbacks. When used properly, a cheat sheet can be a great tool. It can help you to remember things that you may otherwise forget; however, when they are too heavily relied on, they can definitely hurt your performance in an interview.

    As mentioned in the article, relying too much on a cheat sheet during an interview can definitely hurt your performance. Oftentimes, when people make a cheat sheet for a virtual interview, their eye contact (with the camera) can suffer. Additionally, if you are reading your responses from a piece of paper, you may come across as distracted or insincere. This kind of reliance also has the negative effect of allowing you to go without actually knowing what it is that you want to say. Many people see this as a benefit because it’s less work; however, if something were to happen to a person’s notes during an interview, they would be unable to talk about what they planned to. On the other hand, if that person had an idea in their head about what they wanted to say, then the inability for them to consult their notes would not have nearly as big of an impact on their interview performance.

    When done right, as also mentioned in the article, a cheat sheet can definitely have a positive impact on an interview. Personally, I make a cheat sheet for every interview I do, whether it’s in person or virtual. On it, I put a little bit of background about the company, a few key experiences I feel are relevant to the position, and a few questions I want to ask the interviewer (which is the same content that the article recommends). I find that those notes are the best way for me personally to stay on track and not get flustered without seeming distracted or disinterested. Finally, I feel that a good thing to add is that practice can be a very helpful tool in determining how detailed your notes should be. Every person is a little different, so having someone ask you interview questions and give you feedback or recording yourself answering questions may be a good way to decipher whether or not your notes are either too detailed or not detailed enough.

  47. No one would have ever thought that the interview process would all be online due to a pandemic. We may have thought that we were eventually going to end up this way due to the way that technology is shifting in today’s age, but I don’t think we would have guessed it would be due to a global pandemic. Since this has become the new “normal”, i think that this article was very helpful to make sure that we know how to conquer the new normal successfully. There are tons and tons of books on how to have a successful interview, but the game completely changes when there is a screen in front of you. That personal interaction is lost, and since that is lost you have to make up for it with the personality that you are pushing through the screen.
    While reading this thoughtful article, what really stood out to me was making sure to bullet point your notes and keep them on sticky notes near your camera, so you are looking at the person on the camera. I think that this is the most successful tactic because it allows you to stay organized and engaged with the interviewer. This article also made me think about the information that should be on the sticky notes. I never thought about coming into the interview with questions prepared. I have always gone into an interview knowing about the company, but I haven’t thought about coming up with predetermined questions about the company and the company’s policies. If all of these tactics are used properly and you make sure to stay organized, I think that you will be set in the right mindset for a perfect interview.

  48. With the pandemic, we have had to adapt to a new way of learning and working, which is in a virtual setting. When the pandemic first hit, many people became furloughed or got laid off from their jobs, which caused them to have to apply and interview at various companies to find work. Now with interviews having to switch to a video setting through Zoom or Microsoft Teams, there are new ways in which interviewees are succeeding to obtain the job. During the past year, I have been in many interviewing scenarios, but all of them were in person, now since the start of this pandemic, I have had a few interviews and a few more coming up within the recent weeks, that have all switched to a virtual setting. One of the main things we all struggle with during an interview is remembering some of the information and research you looked up on the company or information on yourself in which you want to bring up during the behavioral questions part of the interview. Now with online settings, people can have half of their screen designated to the video interview, while the other half can have notes on what you want to bring up or their resume.

    I believe during a time like this, people are going to utilize this “cheat sheet” aspect of interviewing, to ultimately have them do better in the interview and get the job or internship in which they have applied for. With being able to use this “cheat sheet,” the interviewee lowers the chance of rambling on or not knowing how to respond to a question in which they are being asked. One of the main things this article mentions is how virtual interviewing may be better for candidates who have nerves or “blank out” once the interview starts. With virtual interviewing, you are at your house, which is a place you know and are comfortable in. This will lower the nerves in which one may have because they don’t have to worry about driving and finding the office and worrying about traffic and time. With virtual interviewing you just need to log into your laptop and your automatically in the interview. While we all have to adapt to the changes that are being made, virtual interviewing is one of those changes in which we all to become accustomed to.

  49. With COVID-19, so much in the world is changing. Right now, it is necessary, but in person interviewing like many other in-person events may become a thing past after this pandemic. Virtual interviewing is something new for all of us and could be helpful for some. Personally, I have had a fair share of in person interviews. I am always a well-prepared person, but often I would get extremely nervous and forget to bring up a lot of important points I wanted to. It can be really frustrating when you are very prepared, but your nerves get the best of you and the interview doesn’t goes as well as you planned. With interviews being online, having a notecard could be extremely resourceful, especially for those like me who struggle with nerves and anxiety. While the ability to have notes during an interview can be helpful and lead to a better outcome, it can also possibly ruin an interview if not done properly. While glancing at a quick point to keep you on track can help, it can also come off as a lack of preparedness if used too much. I think of interviewing a lot like giving a speech or an oral presentation. When presenting or giving a speech, having a few notes is okay, but if used too much can distract from the point you are trying to convey. Just like in a speech or oral presentation, in an interview it is important to speak with confidence and be well prepared. I also think it is really important that even though interviews may be online, and you can have notes, to still prepare as much as you would if it were in person. The stakes are still just as high and just because you can have notes doesn’t mean they should be used as a crutch. I also think it is important that the notes are short and consist mostly of bullet points just to keep you on track. When being interviewed you don’t want to rely on notes too much and come off as scripted or ingenuine to a possible future employer.

  50. A cheat sheet is something that any student or any young professional has been using to make easier its challenges. A cheat sheet includes some notes that help the students to remember in case if they have some memory shortage. Before an exam, I always prepare a sheet with the basic concepts that I review before taking the exam. I have had three interviews throughout my college experience, and I prepared a sheet with some notes to review before. However, in the last months, the whole world has been affected by the pandemic, and companies have started to analyze the candidates throughout remote interviews. Interviews can be easier for the applicants in this moment since they can read the notes while they are interviewed. However, having notes during the interview can be a dangerous move, because the interviewer can still understand if the applicants are consulting their notes. The first advice that Hyatt gives to the readers is to write notes in a simple way. Notes should be easy to read. They should have just few key words since reading full sentences would be difficult and it would be easy to understand for the interviewer that the applicants are reading. I, personally, have written the first notes while I was having a speech in the United States and I was representing my country (Italy) in front of four thousand people. The notes were made by few key words in order to remember what I had to cover over the speech. Those notes helped me, and they did not interfere on my speech fluentness. I could cover all the points that I had to speak about, and I had a successful speech. Having notes throughout an interview can be really helpful but they should be written well organized and simple. The pandemic has been a huge change that brought many difficulties in the workforce, since many workers got fired, but it has also brought positive things such as remote interviews. Remote interviews helps the applicants since they can consult their notes and they would not have as much pressure as they have while they are being interviewed in presence.

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