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No End of Case Summary

1st round interview MBB
Recent activity on Sep 01, 2020
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Anonymous A asked on Aug 29, 2020

I've just had one of the 1st round-interviews at MBB. After the interview ended, I checked my numbers and with some rounding they were close to the actual values. I think the PEI portion went alright. What is worrying me is the fact that the interviewer didn't ask me to do a summary of the case, which may be because we ran a little bit past the end time. Does it mean I totally bombed it? Is it common for interviewers not to ask for a summary at the end?

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Clara
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replied on Aug 29, 2020
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Hello!

Don´t overthink about the interview once you have done it, rule number one! It will only make you go crazy about it and probably you don´t have an unbiased view on it in any case.

This said, it looks good!

Don´t worry too much for the conclusion piece, it could be that you guys run out of time, that he had to run to the next meeting and needed to finish a bit before, etc.

However, agree that is not the usual thing to happen.

Hope it helps!

Best,

Clara

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Robert
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Hi Anonymous,

Although most cases are designed to come to a conclusion, it also depends on the interviewer where he wants to focus on and go deeper during the interview.

Most of the times not coming to a conclusion doesn't really mean anything relating to your performance. More often than not, I prefer having insightful discussions and go deeper on some areas, compared to just finishing the case for the sake of it.

tl;dr: Don't worry, everything alright based on your summary!

Hope that helps - if so, please be so kind and give it a thumbs-up with the green upvote below!

Robert

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Anonymous replied on Aug 29, 2020

Hi,

not at all! Don't worry about this, cases don't always follow the same scheme and if you past the normal resolution time, it simply makes sense for the interviewer to skip a question. They are evaluation how you reason and most of all whether they would like to have them in their team or not. The interviewer probably thought that the answer to that question was not needed (any chance you did some partial summaries at the end of some questions, for example?)

I'm sure you did great, don't worry about this at all!

it also depends on the interviewer and on the country to ask or not the summary at the end of the case. When I was interviewing for McK, I think I was never asked for a case summary over 4 interviews!

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Anonymous A on Aug 29, 2020

Thank you for your answer! Wow, I didn't know the summary wasn't always the case as in all my prep and even with the buddy, there was always a wrap-up of the case. Thank you for sharing your experience!

Anonymous replied on Aug 30, 2020

Dear A,

It's not a grateful job to overthink afetr the interview and try to assess yourself basing on your own interpretation.

Times will show you results.

Hope everything will be alright.

Wish you best of luck,

André

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Francesco
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replied on Aug 29, 2020
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Hi there,

You won’t always have to formally conclude the case. In any case, it is very difficult for a candidate to correctly interpret his/her performance.

When I coach candidates, sometimes they think they have done great with a poor performance, sometimes poor with a great performance. Same thing happens often in actual interviews.

I know it’s unnerving, but now you can just wait for the results. Any hypothesis at this stage can’t be verified till the call you ;)

Best,

Francesco

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Udayan
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Summary is not always necessary, definitely not an indication of bombing

All the best,

Udayan

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Ian
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replied on Sep 01, 2020
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Don't worry! Everything about the cases we prepare is a guide. Cases don't reflect the pure reality of an interview (for example, and interview may skip the framework or conclusion, they may make it interviewer-led even if you were expecting candidate-led, they may only take 10 minutes for a case).

So, it sounds like you did well and they just didn't really need to hear your conclusion to know they wanted you. Or, they already knew they didn't want you.

Either way, no point trying to interpret...they will tell you soon enough :)

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