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Feedback Call before Final Round

Anonymous A asked on Nov 19, 2018 - 2 answers

Hi all,

Does anyone have any advice on how to structure and handle feedback calls between first and final round of interviews? I am scheduled to have 2 back-to-back feedback calls for two different firms with my R1 interviewers, and want to make the best of it.

Some more specific questions I have:

  • How long are these calls usually held for?
  • Are there any specific performance areas I should pro-actively cover?
  • Are these calls usually led by the candidate or the interviewer giving feedback?
  • Is this also an area where I can ask questions regarding the final round interview process/structure?
  • Any other do's/don'ts?

Timeline (for context):

  • Both feedback calls tomorrow afternoon
  • Final round company 1: Thursday 22/11 (2 cases, 1 CV interview)
  • Final round company 2: Monday 26/11 (format unknown)

Many thanks in advance!

V

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replied on Nov 20, 2018
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Hi V,

congrats on making it through the first round.

To answer your questions:

  1. These calls are usually short, half an hour max.
  2. No, no proactive things to prepare except maybe some questions you want to ask.
  3. the call is very much interviewer-led, giving you feedback. Of course, you may ask questions - and maybe they will ask you how your experience was. But for you, it's mostly about listening and following up to understand better.
  4. Yes, you can and should take the opportunity to ask about the interview ahead.
  5. the usual ones: Be polite, friendly, appreciative, humble and mindful of their time. Don't waste the opportunity of receiving feedback by talking 80% of the time. Don't start to justify or explain things. Take the points as they're given, ask follow-up questions for clarification, but don't try to "change" any of the feedback.

Good luck for the final round!

Cheers

Elias

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Hey there, In answer to your questions:

  • How long are these calls usually held for?: This depends - anywhere from 10 to 30 minutes. It depends on how busy the consultant is, how detailed he wants to be in his feedback, how much he remembers your interview (e.g. if it was last week vs 2 weeks ago). In some cases, feedback calls are also held with HR who will only have some rough notes to base their feedback on, so those tend to be even shorter.
  • Are there any specific performance areas I should pro-actively cover? If you feel there was something in the case you struggled with/wasnt sure how to do/just wanted feedback on, sure. Otherwise, the interviewer should set the tone on what to cover in the call.
  • Are these calls usually led by the candidate or the interviewer giving feedback? By the interviewer, but you will have the opportunity to ask questions on any points they raise or ask for specific advice at the end.
  • Is this also an area where I can ask questions regarding the final round interview process/structure? Yes, although depending on the interviewer they might not be that familiar with the final round, so sometimes best persons to ask is HR/recruiting. If format for company 2 is unknown, I'd definitely try ask on the call.
  • Any other do's/don'ts? It's really non-evaluative... just try get the most out of the session.

Good luck!