November 2010

Actual BCG Case Submitted by a Reader: I had a friend doing a mock interview of a BCG case that he failed at in 2nd round.I tried to tackle it using your frameworks but, like my friend, I was getting nowhere. This was the case: "Your client, a private equity firm, is considering acquiring 3 [...]

Question: I was recently passed onto the final round of interviews for McKinsey, and I was hoping that you would have some advice specifically for preparing for the final round. How is the final round different from the previous one (both seem to have a similar format), and with this difference in mind, what can [...]

The McKinsey case interview is an interview format used to evaluate prospective management consultants. As a former McKinsey consultant, consulting resume screener and interviewer, I thought I would share my perspective on this unusual interview format. The first thing to realize is the Mckinsey interview is structured in a specific way to find candidates who [...]

Question: Recently I came across a book called 'the minto pyramid', you might know this book, by Barbara Minto, ex-McKinsey. Would you recommend me to use MINTO principle??? This way i can show the interviewer I am 100% hypothesis driven and I don't ask any irrelevant data. Would you recommend this and what is your view [...]

Question About Marc Cosentino's Case in Point: I had a question for you about your 4 frameworks versus the 11 frameworks from Marc Cosentino's Case In Point. Cosentino specifically mentions that using a case question framework like the "4 C's" or "5 P's" is looked down upon by interviewers; however, your business situation framework is very similar to these. [...]

Question: What are some case interview examples? And what's the best way to do case interview prep? My Response: Excluding estimation questions which are designed to test your ability to do math in your head, the most common case interview questions are: 1) New market / new market segment entry 2) New product/service entry 3) [...]

Success Story: Just received an offer at Bain & Co. What luck to have come across your website a week before the final round! What separates your exposition about applying frameworks to case interviews (and life really!) from all the other 'for-profit' guides is the focus on 'application' as opposed to 'framework'. It was never [...]

Question: I have a BCG interview in a few days.  I just started to prepare last week when I found out (I was really surprised and elated to get the interview). I'm going to try to read all of Case in Point by tomorrow, and I am almost done watching your videos.  What do you [...]

I received a letter inviting me to join Mckinsey &  Company in Latin America. I really want to thank you for the time spent in the because it was probably the best tool to improve my chances of getting an offer from my dream company. This is going to be my first job ever and, although [...]

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