Free chat with staffing manager before final round interview

experiecedhire Final Round MBB staffing manager
New answer on Oct 31, 2020
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Anonymous A asked on Aug 24, 2019

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?


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replied on Aug 26, 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.



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replied on Oct 31, 2020
Bain | passed >15 MBB interviews as a candidate

Indeed a strange offer. Staffing managers are usually not involved in recruiting. Did you maybe mention the staffing process as a key topic of questions earlier in the process?

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replied on Oct 31, 2020
McKinsey | Awarded professor at Master in Management @ IE | MBA at MIT |+180 students coached | Integrated FIT Guide aut


Congrats for moving to final round!

As it has been outlined, its very similar, but :

  • Cases you can expect are more "free riding" - less organized than the ones your found in the 1st round or most prep pages
  • Stronger emphasis in the FIT part, as outlined before by other coaches.

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Anonymous B replied on Aug 26, 2019

They may use your answer to pick your interviewer

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Anonymous A on Sep 22, 2019

I already knew my interviewer way ahead

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replied on Aug 25, 2019
McKinsey / Accenture Alum / Got all BIG3 offers / Harvard Business School


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


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