October 2009

Question: Hi. I have a questions for you. I am currently in the process of interviewing with McKinsey. I am enjoying studying the case questions and am excited about the prospect of potentially working at McKinsey, but was made concerned by a comment that you made in your Harvard lecture videos. You stated that people [...]

Question: How do you handle and prepare for a case that doesn't fit well into a pre-defined framework? My Response: First off, it's rare to get one of these weird cases that doesn't fit a framework. That being said, it happens from time to time. My estimate is it happens less than 2% of the [...]

Question: I was looking at your FAQs and read in one of your responses that EMBAs "don't count." Can you elaborate on that? Does that automatically DQ me if I am trying to get a job at a top tier firm? And to deep dive a bit...what's up with this stereotype that EMBA degrees don't [...]

Question: Do the frameworks you present have to be modified for non-profit cases? i.e. is there anything different with a non-profit client that I need to expand the standard frameworks to address? My Reply: In general, I use similar frameworks but add a metric called "mission" -- as in did you accomplish your mission as [...]

Question: While suggesting recommendations or even while identifying any issue in the case, is it fine if i explicitly quote an example of a similar issue that I faced in one of my previous work experiences and how a particular recommendation actually helped ? Would it be seen as an unprofessional conduct, if during a case discussion, I talk [...]

Question: Later this week I'm going to have the last round of interviews with BCG but I was wondering if they where different from previous rounds. In the first round I got two business cases and a few questions of personal experiences. What is your advise? My Response: In my experience as both interviewee and interviewer, the [...]