December 2010

The candidate-led case interview is one where the interview presents you with an open question like "Your client is considering a merger with its next largest competitor. What should the client do?" With the exception of McKinsey which has moved to an interviewer-led interview, most other firms use some variation of the candidate-led case. It [...]

Question: In a second round case interview next week, I'll be giving a presentation of a case to a panel.  Does this type of interview fit into the candidate-driven type, or is it the pre-structured type? Do you have any experience with or suggestions for second round case interview prep?  Thanks. My Reply: This is [...]

Question: I just had my second case interview practice interview with a consultant from Mckinsey, and it was a major improvement from my first. I owe a lot to your Look Over My Shoulder® Program, it made solving the case a lot more natural. I wanted to ask you regarding feedback after a case interview, [...]

Question: Thanks for all your help! I'm just trying to understand the differences in case interview rounds -- between interviewing with Associates/ Engagement Managers in Round 1, vs. Partners in final round, and trying to figure out ways I can get the partners to like me during the interview. My Reply: One of the big [...]

I was asked the following management consulting estimation question by a McKinsey interviewer many years ago: "Estimate how long it would take to move or relocate an average size mountain 10 miles using an average size truck" You may NOT ask any clarifying questions. Any answer that does not include a specific amount of time [...]

Question: Thanks a lot for your outstanding advice and guidance. I am an APD candidate aspiring to work at McKinsey. Although I find lots of resources on case interviews, I could not find enough resources (except from what is available through McKinsey's website) on the McKinsey Problem Solving Test (PST), that McKinsey is handing out [...]

Question: Does McKinsey still hire Business Analysts a year or two after they graduate? My Reply: Yes, they do though it is less common. It typically happens if someone took the time to get a masters degree that is not an MBA. In many cases, those graduates, especially if they do not have work experience, [...]

Question: I have a question about case interview frameworks. What a difference a day makes. Yesterday I was depressed, as I thought I had not gotten interviews with any of the top three. Today, I got a call from the Head Recruiter in BCG London saying I have a first round in two weeks. I [...]

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