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To all the Adcom members out there (@Goro, @gyngyn, and any others I may not know), should I bring a padfolio with my CV or any other information into my interview sessions? Would it be frowned upon if I were to bring in a notepad with questions I wanted to ask at the end of the interview?

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If the school wants your interviewers to have information about you, the school will provide that to the interviewer. The interviewer is there to talk with you, not to read your CV.
If your memory is so poor that you feel the need to write down the questions you wish to ask, do so but please, don't be like the dolt who asked me if he could ask a few questions and pulled out a 14 inch length of paper with 2 dozen questions written on it. (true story)
 

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The interview is NOT for show and tell.

Having your questions written down on a pad is OK, but pay very careful attention to my sage colleague LizzyM.

To all the Adcom members out there (@Goro, @gyngyn, and any others I may not know), should I bring a padfolio with my CV or any other information into my interview sessions? Would it be frowned upon if I were to bring in a notepad with questions I wanted to ask at the end of the interview?

Thanks for the help!
 

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The interview is NOT for show and tell.

Having your questions written down on a pad is OK, but pay very careful attention to my sage colleague LizzyM.
Don't most people just ask a couple questions? Is it likely under stress people would blank out and that's why they write them down?
 

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I wouldn't ding anyone for having the pad with questions, but really, you're considering going to a place when you're going to dump four years of your life, be under a lot of stress, while forking over >$250K the privilege , and you can't remember the questions you'd want to ask?????


Let's put another way: your friends set you up on a date with a really hot person. You need to have questions written down????

Don't most people just ask a couple questions? Is it likely under stress people would blank out and that's why they write them down?
 
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I wouldn't ding anyone for having the pad with questions, but really, you're considering going to a place when you're going to dump four years of your life, be under a lot of stress, while forking over >$250K the privilege , and you can't remember the questions you'd want to ask?????


Let's put another way: your friends set you up on a date with a really hot person. You need to have questions written down????
...I always bring my notebook of questions I want to ask. How else do people keep track of details??

jokes aside, I get how under the stress one may blank out--but I truly love the schools I'm interviewing at, so I think it's safe to leave the paper at home
 

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Should we bring documentation of recent work, pictures, etc? Or just bring nothing?
 

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I wouldn't ding anyone for having the pad with questions, but really, you're considering going to a place when you're going to dump four years of your life, be under a lot of stress, while forking over >$250K the privilege , and you can't remember the questions you'd want to ask?????
Also, dont have the questions on your smartphone or tablet, having to fish it out, look them up, then realize you are out of power, fish out your power cords, drop to the ground to find an outlet, plug it in, then ask your question. My guess is that wouldn't make any brownie point with the interviewer but certainly would be memorable.
 

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If the school wants your interviewers to have information about you, the school will provide that to the interviewer. The interviewer is there to talk with you, not to read your CV.
If your memory is so poor that you feel the need to write down the questions you wish to ask, do so but please, don't be like the dolt who asked me if he could ask a few questions and pulled out a 14 inch length of paper with 2 dozen questions written on it. (true story)
How many did you let him ask Miss Lizzy
Story time plz
 

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How many did you let him ask Miss Lizzy
Story time plz
Interviews are time limited and I generally allow 15-20% of our allotted time for questions (more if you are really boring and I can't get answers out of you.) Eventually Mr. List Maker ran out of time.