On blackberry while interviewing at BB superday?

I know bankers are busy people. Is it normal for a VP who is interviewing at a superday just to suddenly glance at his blackberry in the middle of an interview, pick it up and start texting for 5 minutes straight without saying a word- and you just sit there in pitch silence looking out the window? This banker seemed very disinterested in me- I do not think I did anything wrong, but he seemed to have cared less? Is this normal or should I be worried?

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Feb 22, 2018

If he was more interested in a device that peaked a decade ago than you, prayers sent

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Feb 22, 2018

Well great.

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Feb 22, 2018

It could be a pressure test though I don't know what the best way to handle this test would be.

He could have also received an urgent text that he needed to respond to immediately.

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Feb 22, 2018

He also could just have been distracted by his wife finally running into his girlfriend at the gym. If you had a good experience through the rest of the day/ meetings I wouldn't take it personally.

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Feb 22, 2018
jake robertson:

I know bankers are busy people. Is it normal for a VP who is interviewing at a superday just to suddenly glance at his blackberry in the middle of an interview, pick it up and start texting for 5 minutes straight without saying a word- and you just sit there in pitch silence looking out the window? This banker seemed very disinterested in me- I do not think I did anything wrong, but he seemed to have cared less? Is this normal or should I be worried?

Johnny Drama that fool.

I was at a superday years ago where the MD commanded full attention without phones out, then sat down and whipped his out once the next schlep got up to talk. such a tool

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Feb 22, 2018

The biggest takeaway from this is that dude is an asshole.

He's allowed to be busy and have more important urgent things that need to interrupt an interview. But any normal human being would say "excuse me a moment, I need to take this." To this guy, just because you're less important to him means he doesn't need to stoop to the levels of showing you common decency while you're in a stressful situation. I've never worked in IB and I'm sure this attitude is plenty common, but I'd avoid working for this guy if you've got the option.

Feb 22, 2018

This happened to me while I was presenting a case study during a superday. Turns out the guy was actually paying attention and proceeded to fire technicals at me while still staring at his phone. Got the job - you'll be fine. He turned out to be a pretty good guy actually.

Feb 22, 2018

Almost every interview I've had the banker has peeked at their phone at some point. I've had this happen as well. Typically they will just apologize and say they have to respond to something. I wouldn't take it personally at all. As much as they like to claim that culture is so important, recruiting is at the bottom of their list and deprioritized to their actual work. So it's not just you, it's the process.

Feb 22, 2018

Once had a VP answer a phone call during the middle of the interview, that man had a 2-3 minute conversation. That was a fantastic day.

Feb 22, 2018