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How to analyze interviewer feedback?

Levia

Hi all,

I find it hard to organize and make full use of feedback given to me by different interviewers? I feel like I can lose track of various things that go wrong in my practice interviewers.

How do you guys do it? :) :)

I would also appreciate any expert advice on how to improve myself when it comes to this issue...

Best regards!

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Achyut replied on 06/07/2016

I would largely agree with Aws and add the following points:

  • Maintain the same notebook / scratch pad for all cases that you do. Use the same book to record the feedback that you receive.
  • Note down all main points that the interviewer tells you in the same space where you made notes for your case. Write in another ink if you like.
  • Categorize feedback – both positive and negative into the main aspects of performance, which are:
    • Structuring
    • Logical and hypothesis building
    • Math and other analysis
    • Communication and attitude
  • Figure out which of the good things and bad things you are repeating over time - which areas need improvement and which ones are strengths?
  • Know what exactly you need to do in order to improve. For e.g. Math practice, structuring, learning how to make it MECE, etc.Once you have this figured out, make time to work on special exercises or readings to improve in those areas.
  • Track the number of times you are making mistake and observe if there are some underlying habits that are causing you to make the same mistake (for eg. speaking too fast). These are the most difficult ones to fix IMO and sometimes you can be too conscious especially if it's an integral part of your general behaviour.
  • Also keep track of the "overall feedback of the case". The first question a recruiter will answer when you leave the interviewer leaves the room is a simple "Yes/No". When you're doing cases - with friends or with experts here on PrepLounge - I would encourage you to seek an honest yes/no to the question "Would you send me to the next round?"

Hope this was helpful,

Thanks!

Aws replied on 06/06/2016

I just started with my first case with a friend, and he is more advanced in case interviews so he knows how to give feedback.

What I started doing (and this might change as I get more experienced) is use Microsoft OneNote to write down feedback after every case in the following format:

[-] Quick overview of the things that didn't go well

[+] Quick overview of the things that went well

[Case specific findings] Smart things I discovered/answer sheet provided - regarding the case in question

[Detailed feedback] Every interviewer will give you different feedback. It makes sense to ask every interviewer for specific feedback (better yet to let him/her know in advance, so they can focus on these points).

I plan to do this for every case in a different sheet. After 10-20 cases, it's good to take a day to review these notes and sharpen your skills.

Hope this helps a bit,

Aws

Levia replied on 06/07/2016

Thank you guys for your opinions!

Very helpful - would also appreciate it if a few experts pitched in :)

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