It is not generally a great idea to take notes in an interview if you are the candidate, although it is sensible to have a pen and paper readily available to take down the interviewer’s direct dial number or whatever.
This makes debriefing the job interview very important. If at all possible do it within minutes. Sit in the car park, or find a coffee shop, and write down your thoughts.
- What were your first impressions?
- What appeals about the company?
- How did the interview go? Is there anything that needs to be repaired?
- What is the next step? Timing?
- Names of interviewers, others you spoke to, anybody else mentioned.
- Any drawbacks to the post? How important are they?
Other questions will obviously arise.
All this makes it much easier to make decisions about the job and to follow up as necessary.