I’m applying to a Tier 2 consulting firm and the recruiter asked me to have a quick coffee chat with the region head. When I got the invite, it was an hour long! Should I treat this as a formal interview? Why is the first stage with a partner?

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Anytime you meet with someone during the process, it’s an interview. Whether it’s stated or not.

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If you don't have an offer in hand, it is an interview. Ask the recruiter if 1 hour is orrect, and if there will be a case, behavioral questions or other things to fill the hour.

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