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Free chat with staffing manager before final round interview

Hi guys,

I'm a final round candidate (EP) at one of the tier 1 firms. Recently, I got an invitation from my recruiter to have a 'free talk' with a staffing manager at the office which I applied to (the one who will map me to projects if I get hired eventually) about the case staffing process and discuss about my background before the final round interview. According to the recruiter, it's just a casual chat, not a fit interview and has no implication on the recruitment outcome.

I'm perplexed why the firm does so before giving out the offer. Is it a common practice? Anyone out there has similar experience?

Best,

Hi guys,

I'm a final round candidate (EP) at one of the tier 1 firms. Recently, I got an invitation from my recruiter to have a 'free talk' with a staffing manager at the office which I applied to (the one who will map me to projects if I get hired eventually) about the case staffing process and discuss about my background before the final round interview. According to the recruiter, it's just a casual chat, not a fit interview and has no implication on the recruitment outcome.

I'm perplexed why the firm does so before giving out the offer. Is it a common practice? Anyone out there has similar experience?

Best,

Thanks guys! Turned out, it was an informal Q&A with the regional staffing manager to understand my personal goals and expectations on future projects. And the final round well went for me. Managed to convert it into an offer! — Anonymous A on Sep 22, 2019

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Hi Anonymous,

this is definitely not usual. Since HR mentioned your will discuss your background, I would still properly prepare for that – until you receive an offer all the interactions can be used for your evaluation, whether formally part of the process or not.

Best,

Francesco

Hi Anonymous,

this is definitely not usual. Since HR mentioned your will discuss your background, I would still properly prepare for that – until you receive an offer all the interactions can be used for your evaluation, whether formally part of the process or not.

Best,

Francesco

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Hi,

It's not a common practice, however, it can be the local office specifics. Don't stress too much - you'll know it soon.

Best

Hi,

It's not a common practice, however, it can be the local office specifics. Don't stress too much - you'll know it soon.

Best