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Have you ever had a candidate do something outstanding and surprise you?

Kay asked on Aug 17, 2018 - 3 answers

How and what did they do?

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Someone replied on Aug 19, 2018

I have seen a guy showing up to an interview and discuss an idea and get a potential buy-in from the Senior Partner.

He got out of the room with the Senior Partner interested in developing the idea and fund raise for that.

Outstanding sign of entrepreneurship.

replied on Aug 18, 2018
Bain & Company | University of Cambridge | CV/Resume writing | 770 GMAT

In terms of something outstanding they had done, I interviewed a candidate that was an olympic triathlete before.

In terms of doing something memorable, had a candidate bring home made cookies to the interview and offer them to me. Was definitely surprising.

For the record, the first candidate got an offer and the second didn't - but this was not in any way related to either of the things referenced above.

Vlad replied on Aug 17, 2018
McKinsey / Accenture / Got all BIG3 offers / More than 300 real MBB cases / Harvard Business School


My friend was a farmer selling the watermelons on the farmers market. He brought an iPad with the pictures of his watermelon small business, and showed them during the interview and got the offer. Of course, he was good with cases and fit.