Called in for another interview after final rounds....

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So, like the title suggests, I went to a superday last week which I was told was the final round. I met with 8 different bankers from analyst to VP and was told i'd hear a decision shortly. Then I get a call ask me to come back in and meet a couple new people. Anyone experienced this before? Anyone have an answer to what the thought process behind this might be? Thanks in advance.

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Nov 7, 2011

I would guess this is a good thing. Sounds like the list of candidates has narrowed further. This might just be a final screening with some higher ups before they make you an offer. Don't screw it up.

Nov 7, 2011

They liked you and the directors want to make the last call? Happens all the time.

Nov 7, 2011
Vectors225:

They liked you and the directors want to make the last call? Happens all the time.

Alright, thanks for the vote of confidence. I wondered if maybe it had more to do with being unsure about certain things.

Nov 7, 2011

They like you but maybe they like a few others just as much and need a sort of tie breaker. If they don't like you or you're not in the top running, they wouldn't call you in, so this is a good thing.

Or they like you and just need someone higher up (who has veto power) to give the a-ok, like what some of the other posters mentioned above.

I've had things like this where the final call-in was sort of a 'check the box' type meeting. Where the key team members you'll be working with are already cool with you, but as an informal last check or as a firm practice, they get you to meet a few others - either to give you more clarity on the culture and also to confirm you're a good fit.

Nov 7, 2011

Sounds like a good thing. At the AM firm I am at now, I had to meet multiple people even after the recruiting process was over.

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Nov 7, 2011

This happened to me once. it sucks because you think you've cleared all the hurdles, only to have to go back to it once more. Prepare to be on the safe side, but this is a positive step for sure. Either the competition has dwindled and odds are more in your favor, or they have in fact made a decision and they just want to re-confirm their decision by you talking to a few more people (1-2 more people - this second scenario is what happened to me). Your in good shape tho.

Nov 7, 2011

Or they are going to call you in a wedgie you and humiliate you in all kinds of typical jock ways.

Nov 7, 2011

For my case, I was one of the 6~7 candidates for one of the final round interview days (I heard they conducted this throughout 3~4 days). After all the interviews, lunch, and presentations, I and another person were asked to stay for another interview. HR let us know that it was a good thing and that the higher ups liked our profile and wanted to talk to us themselves to make sure they liked us. So the two of us had to interview with 2 more directors after the normal final round interviews. I got an offer the next day.

TL;DR : Do what you've been doing and you'll be golden. Good luck!

Sep 16, 2012

I am in a similar situation. I had a final interview with three people. One of them was the director of that office, and the leader of the North America division. About a week later, an HR called me and said there was someone who couldn't meet me during the interview, because she was out of country. Since she's back, I will have a phone interview with her. This wasn't mentioned during the interview. Also, since she is lower than the director I already interviewed with, I don't think she will have a veto power. What do you think this means? Do you think she can be a tie breaker b/w another candidate and myself? I will prepare and be my best either way, but kinda hope this is a good sign.

Thanks!

Sep 16, 2012

She's obviously a tie-breaker... though not necessarily between you and another candidate, but definitely between yes and no. It's a good sign in that you're not rejected...

Sep 16, 2012
F. Ro Jo:

It's a good sign in that you're not rejected...

captain obvious

Sep 16, 2012

You think they will use a phone interview as a tie breaker, though?

Sep 16, 2012

Overall good sign - prepare like you did for your superday.

Robert Clayton Dean: What is happening?
Brill: I blew up the building.
Robert Clayton Dean: Why?
Brill: Because you made a phone call.

Sep 16, 2012

PM me...I am in a similar situation

Sep 16, 2012

In my experience, it means the end shortlist has a few too many names and they want to cut it back to the number of positions they have open.

This most commonly happens when the same people don't interview all candidates. Interviewers A&B like candidates 1,2 and 3, but candidate 9 interviewed with B&C or C&D and C likes 9. Follow up interviews mean that all decision makers have spoken with all candidates.

As interviewer, I've been in this situation and normally just deal with it through a follow up phone call with the candidate I didn't meet. I want to lick their soul to get a taste of the sort of person they are.

But maybe things are done differently at GS. When you go in for the interview, make sure your hat is sitting high in your head with lots of paper stuffed in the inner lining. They'll appreciate your appreciation for the origins of the firm. Maybe.

Sep 16, 2012

Have had that happen before at JPM/MS. Did first round, second round, superday, then ~10 more interviews 2 days later. Then got waitlisted and rejected. Basically, getting asked again is better than outright rejected, but your chances are real slim I'd say as they likely have others they prefer or are pending acceptance.

Sep 16, 2012

My guess is that they considered you for another role. Is that correct? Did it pan out? :)

Sep 16, 2012

There are several candidates and they cannot decide yet who to give offer to - hence the additional round.

Sep 16, 2012

Bump

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Sep 16, 2012

There really isn't much to it, hence the lack of replies. Yes, "superday" does usually imply final rounds. But if the candidate pool is down to 2 or 3 superstar candidates and the hiring team is having a hard time deciding between them, they can only invite the remaining candidates in for another round. Simply put, they are still interested in you and that's all there is to it.

Simply think of this as Superday Round II. You're obviously doing something right and all you should be doing is prepping hard like before while also taking into account the newly learned intel from your previous rounds. If you can, try to think about the key factors of consideration that you may not have previously addressed in your earlier rounds and make sure to reinforce the strength of your candidacy.

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Sep 16, 2012

Agree that this is only a positive thing for your candidacy. Maybe they're having a hard time deciding, but maybe:

  • a senior person was out the day of the super day and that person has to meet every new person they hire/wants to give you an offer in person
  • if superday was for a generalist program, they may want you to meet a specific group they think you'll be a really good fit for

Those have both happened to me, so just be confident and relaxed going into the new interviews. You're in a good spot.

Sep 16, 2012

Agreed on above - howd it go?

Sep 16, 2012

tread carefully...

Sep 16, 2012

Who knows, it's better than being rejected flat-out... stay positive.

PLEASE DONT CHANGE EXCEL SHORTCUTS!!!

Sep 16, 2012

yeah youre in good shape id say. Tread lightly, be careful. Is it harris williams by any chance?

Sep 16, 2012

No it's not HW. Has anyone else gone through this or heard of this happening?

Sep 16, 2012

Yes. I know of one person who interviewed at a top BB firm for IBD and, following his super day, they brought him back for another round of interviews a few days later. This is not typical though.

Sep 16, 2012

happened/happening to me this week

Sep 16, 2012

i see, happening to me as well apparently.

My drinkin' problem left today, she packed up all her bags and walked away.

Sep 16, 2012
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