I have an interview (last stage) for BlackRock analyst and my question is:
is it ok to bring notes with me to the interview like modules Ive done at uni, key statistics about them etc??

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What!? No, absolutely not.

You shouldn't even be looking at your resume during an interview.

The closest you can get to anything to do with notes, is making some scribbles if they ask you a technical that they couldn't possible expect you to do in your head. I did that once in an interview, I said "do you mind if I make some scribbles, it help me organize my thoughts"


Generally, you're allowed to bring in a pad of paper for technical questions, or if you want to make BRIEF notes about the group, etc. if the people you interview with go into a lot of detail. BRIEF being 1 or 2 pts, a few words.

You should bring in a copy or two of your resume, but you can't look at it when you talk about yourself. Any modules or stats or whatever you want to quote should be very high level anyway - don't go off in a detailed tangent unless asked.


Things I wouldn't have on me would include industry notes, company statistics, and definitely not any type of formulas. With regards to a resume, I think it is absolutely fine to have a copy for both yourself and the people you will be interviewing with. If you think a decision is made based on the fact that you looked at your resume while telling your story you are absolutely wrong. Don't take this the wrong way, you must have your 1, 3, and 5 versions of your story down pact, but having your own resume to guide the interviewer through the process will reflect upon them that you are a well organized individual. For example, when making any presentation, the presenter usually has a copy whether it be a hard copy or a powerpoint of the actual material. Practice, practice, practice and you will be just fine!


Thanks guys :) No notes for me then!!! I will just take two copies of my CV with me just in case and..practise before in front of the mirror ;)


Yeah I made the mistake of taking notes and didn't even look at them but recited one question and interesting fact about the company and stumped the recruiter thus somewhat embarrassing her and making myself look even worse. It was an interesting question though.


Wouldn't it be smarter to take more than just two resumes (i.e., more like 5)? Better to be better safe than sorry.


I always took like 10 copies of resumes on nice paper to interviews. Obviously, these mostly went unused, but what's the harm; you can always use them later.

To me, notes on the company are fine but random notes from classes are bizarre (the interviewer most likely wouldn't notice them anyway). Prepared questions on paper (at least to me) are great if they're intelligent. If they're something stupid then don't ask them, but a question I would like to receive (most people like to talk about themselves) is something to the effect of "tell me the best and worst part about your job" or "tell me about a deal you recently worked on." These are exceptionally generic questions that could be asked of any analyst or banker, could take up a good amount of interview time, and could offer you pretty good insight into the job. If the interviewer won't give you a straight answer on the worst part of the job, then they're hiding something, in my opinion. I will always be upfront with people if they ask that; otherwise, the interviewee will just leave after a year anyway so it's detrimental to the group.

If nothing else, the fact that you researched the company/industry enough to have intelligent questions will make you far more competent in an interview. Everything varies by interviewer, though. I've never had anyone complain when I walked in with a full sheet of notes/questions (which was every time). Plus, if you're interviewing for a specific group - Houston energy groups come to mind - then ask something intelligent about, say, MLPs simply to show that you researched the industry. That will go a very long way.

I recognize I went off on a tangent here, but I also hope that people that will be interviewing for banking jobs may happen to read this thread. Thanks for putting up with my randomness.


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