Can You Bring Notes to an Interview?

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Can You Bring Notes to an Interview

Can You Bring Notes to an Interview? 

The agriculture industry can be competitive, and candidates often need help finding the right way to present themselves in the best light, especially during interviews. One frequently asked question is, “Can you bring notes to an interview?” Knowing proper interview etiquette regarding notes is essential as you prepare for job interviews. 

When Can You Bring Notes to an Interview? 

There isn’t a hard and fast rule about notes in an interview. However, in the agriculture sector, notes can significantly enhance your ability to convey specific data and skills to a potential employer.  

For example, interview notes about crop yields, your pest control strategies, or work you’ve done with livestock can help you accurately recall vital details and answer complex questions without guessing. 

When Not to Bring Notes to an Interview 

There is a fine line between using notes to refresh your memory and convey your experience versus reading off them extensively for every answer you give. It’s essential to use your notes judiciously and not over-rely on them so that you still appear authentic and personable.  

The ag industry places exceptionally high emphasis on personal connections and passion for the job. Relying too heavily on notes can give potential employers the opposite impression of you. You should view notes as a complementary tool to help outline your expertise and ensure that you genuinely engage with the interviewer. 

How To Prepare Notes for Your Interview 

When you bring notes to an interview, it’s best to tailor them to that specific company and position. There are several ways to prepare your notes to maximize their use during your interview.  


First, research the company. Learn about their values, mission, and any recent company news or projects they’ve completed. This will tell you what they’re looking for and what their priorities are to help you align your objectives.  


Read the job description carefully, and pick out the main qualities the potential employer is looking for and the types of experience they want in a candidate. This will help you determine what parts of your experience and achievements you should include. Consider the questions they may ask you and answer them with relevant information in your notes. 


Divide your notes into sections using key topics. Bullet points can help you better organize your notes and reference them faster in the interview. 


Take time to practice an interview scenario and see how easy it is to find the information in your notes. Ensure that you can find and read it easily and that it flows. You can always refine what you have written if needed.  

How To Effectively Bring Notes to an Interview 

Now that you no longer wonder if you can bring notes to an interview, remember that you should organize them as well as you can and only use them when necessary. Notes are an invaluable tool for helping you convey your experience and skills, but remember that they don’t replace genuine connection during a job interview.  

For more interview tips and ag career advice, check out our blog.  

Bringing notes to an interview can help you better convey how you're a fit for the job. Learn proper interview note etiquette and how to maximize use of your notes during an interview.
Karyn Moyer

Karyn Moyer

Karyn Moyer is the Senior Marketing Manager at AgHires, with over 13 years of marketing experience, over 9 of which she has spent in the agriculture marketing industry. Growing up in a small farming town, Karyn has a deep appreciation for the importance of agriculture and its role in our communities. Since joining AgHires in 2017, Karyn has used her wealth of experience and knowledge to help job seekers and clients achieve their goals. She has a passion for learning and discovering new ways to support the industry.