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“Is if okay to have a notepad or padfolio for an interview?”

ESS Candidate Newsletter – NOVEMBER 2021

Columbus, OH – NOVEMBER 2021

In this month’s, ask the recruiter, we discuss what types of things are ok to bring to an interview with you

Introduction – Aaron Wandtke
Recently Filled Positions
Ask the Recruiter “Is it okay to have a notepad or padfolio for an interview?”


With Thanksgiving later this month we feel like it’s important to share our gratitude for your continual support of ESS. We sincerely appreciate all your support and efforts that contribute to our success. Thank you for the referrals you send. Thank you for trusting our team to help you fill your critical openings. Lastly, thank you for working with ESS. We feel extremely fortunate to work with and represent the best talent in the healthcare industry.

We are pleased to announce that we have added 5 new recruiters to our team. The new hires will allow us to provide even more services. We pride ourselves on our responsiveness and look forward to continuing that level of service as we continue to grow, add new service lines and collaborate with more companies.


Phone interviews, Zoom and in-person interviews can each be stressful in their own way. One of the best ways to help manage the stress is to prepare. Below are the top three things you should write before and during an interview:

  1. Write out your questions – You should have prepared questions for each interviewer that focus on the results they are looking for in addition to how your role will contribute to those results.
  2. Examples of your work – One of the benefits to a padfolio is you can have your questions written as well as some key words to help you refer to strong examples of your work. Having multiple examples from different jobs help communicate your track record of success.
  3. Take notes – Interviewers may ramble or go off on a tangent and provide nuggets you want to refer to in a question. By taking notes you can focus on the information rather than trying to remember the question you want to answer. In addition, note taking speaks to attention to detail and listening. Please note, be careful as some interviews are more conversational while others are more question and answer back and forth.
  4. Remember names – One of the most common challenges is remembering everyone you spoke with and who was who. This becomes extremely important when preparing thank you notes. Take a quick note to help you remember each of the people you met with and what was discussed.

One of the biggest mistakes people make in interviews is having zero notes or tools to support them. When we hear, “I don’t prepare questions, I just go wherever the conversation goes”, we know there is a red flag. A little preparation will provide you extra confidence and help you listen better for the little things that may or may not make it the right opportunity for you.

If you would like to discuss other strategies and questions we recommend, please call or email.

I can be reached at 614-885-8490 or by e-mail at