Do you hold it against a candidate when they exhibit either of the following behaviors during an interview:
- Take a longer than average pause at the end of a question?
- Write key words from your question?
I have usually been quite forgiving of those behaviors unless they have the proverbial "deer in the headlights look."
I ask because those two behaviors do make me wonder if the candidate is as qualified as someone who doesn't need to pause or take notes. In the past I have assumed both behaviors are a technique to manage interview nerves. When candidates don't pause or need to jot down keywords from the question, they do come across more convincing / persuasive - but some people are simply nervous - which I forgive (to a degree). I also disregard both behaviors when interviewing someone whose native language is not English.
Should I continue to disregard longer than normal pauses or note taking during the question?