Make sure your body language remains open. That means keeping the pad on the table instead of on your lap. Learn how to take notes while still maintaining occasional eye contact. Don’t let your note taking close you off from the interviewer, if you can’t take notes without interfering with open body language, don’t take notes.
Learn to take notes without losing eye contact. Interviewers will be insulted if all they have to talk to is the top of your head. Taking notes while keeping your head up is a skill that must be practiced. Here’s one way to practice this important skill: Turn on the TV to one of the Sunday interview programs. As you take notes on the interviewer’s questions, practice keeping your eyes on the screen, glancing down only occasionally. You’ll know you’re ready for prime time when you can record the questions in shorthand and are able to repeat the questions.