Company wants me to create a PPT for final round interview at F500?

I'm interviewing for an industry strategy role at a tech company that wants me to make a 4-5 slide PPT presentation and present during a final round interview.  Basically gave me an excel doc with a bunch of data on closing deals for their product (e.g., client name, deal size, whether the deal was won or lost, etc.) and wants me to slice the data up and present findings.  Not hard and it's the type of work I actually enjoy doing but will prob take me 5+ hours to do this project (so many different ways you can slice the data in the file).  

Is this typical?  Has anyone ever been asked to do this for an industry job?  I have another offer already and seriously thinking about saying thanks but no thanks.

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Comments (5)

Mar 29, 2021 - 8:25pm

Yeah, this sort of interview prep seems to be more and more common in corporate finance. I've heard a number of my peers that decide to move had to take on similar tasks at the end of the process. Just hired an analyst on my team and put him through a similar exercise. We kept ours pretty simple (less than 2 hours total) but could see how that would be frustrating to have to complete. Gave us a great picture of who would be able to start off and hit the ground running and made the hiring decision really easy when the right hire came along though.

Mar 30, 2021 - 7:07pm

Yeah there's been an increasing push to see work product by candidates to really make sure they have the technical skills. A lot of bullshitters out there.

We hired for a couple finance roles last year - one was a bit of a higher end hire and we did a couple rounds of interviews, had them do a case presentation which was probably about 12 hours of work. Guy we hired is excellent. Another role we hired for we really just did the standard behaviorals and took his resume experience as gospel and that employee hasn't done as well.

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Mar 30, 2021 - 10:11am

If its a company you're interested in, and a role you're interested in I don't see why you wouldn't do it? You said you enjoy the type of work they are asking you to do, and 5 hours really isn't that much of a time commitment. If you're considering taking a different offer as a means to not do the task, which is 100% fine, then you either don't seem interested in the F500 tech company. Probably better off just accepting the other offer and letting them know you won't be taking part in the final round interview.

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