Is it fine to take a moment to collect your thoughts before giving recommendations at the end of a case interview?

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I wouldn’t. I feel like by the end of the case it’s pretty clear what you’ve been discussing so a quick summary is all that’s needed.

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Yes, just explain that's what you are doing. It's my experience that they prefer to see that you are thinking out your response rather than just shooting out an answer as soon as possible

Perfectly fine, just say so

It’s expected and I have always received feedback that I need to take more time to pause and collect my thoughts.

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