Ok, how weird is all this?
My boyfriend had his 1st round interview with Deloitte (London) this morning for their Enterprise Applications/Technology Integration Consultancy divisions as his first choices.
Having read tons of tips (including the company’s website), he was prepared for the standard case-study/competency-based interview.
But here’s what happened: like you said, they took him to a room with a few more people, gave them the case study handouts and told them to take notes until they are called in for their interview. This was for 25 minutes. He was the first one to be called in for an interview and took his handout with him thinking that he’d be talking about the case study with the interviewer. Instead, the interviewer (a consultant working in IT) proceeded to the competency and general questions (why Deloitte? why this stream etc.) and never referred to the case study. My b/f was confused and asked him what to do with his notes and if they were going to discuss the case study and the consultant said ‘no, you will give the handout back to the reception after we’re done’.
Point is, he never talked with his interviewer or anybody else about the case study although he had taken quite a few notes on it.
When the interview finished (it lasted for more than an hour btw even without the case study), he walked to the reception with the interviewer where he handed the paper to the lady (possibly one of the recruiters) who had given it to him in the first place and asked her if there was a case study interview for him to follow. The lady said ‘no, you’re done’ and when he pointed out again that he had had no case interview, she told him not to worry, that the business study was just for him to look at and make some notes but was not assessed, and she folded the paper and threw it away.
What shall we make out of this? He hasn’t heard back about the interview yet (he’s supposed to in the next 3 working days or so), but to add to the mystery he got an invitation by email to attend their consultancy open evening next week. That was 2 hours after he had left their offices.
We are both very confused. We don’t know if we should take all this as a good or as a bad sign (especially the fact that he unwillingly by-passed the case study interview).