I've recently been rejected by a Top3 firm after the final round interview. However, the partner giving me feedback said they really liked me as a candidate and believe I'm fit for the work. I was told I should reapply in about 6 months and would be skipping the tests, going straight for the interviews.
I assumed, at the time that this was a routine thing they offer everyone who gets to the final stage and that it's not much better than a hard no. However, some of the people I've told about this seemed to think it was a very good sign.
This was from the firm I am most interested in and now I'm trying to gauge how positive of a signal it is.
Has anyone here had similar experience? What are your thoughts on the matter?