Case Interview Tips

I get a lot of emails with lots of questions from the tens of thousands of people who visit this site every month. I don't have the time to answer all questions and tend to focus on the ones that meet the following criteria:

1) The question asked applies to a wide range of people. Please don't ask me to review your consulting resume or CV. However if you have a particular kind of background (ex-military, no mba, etc...) that others probably share, if you phrase your question more generically I'll be more inclined to answer.

2) Ask nicely. You'd be surprised how many emails I get from people who "demand" I give them help in the next 72 hours.

3) Ask a question that isn't already answered in the videos. If you watched all the videos and still had a question, tell me so. If you didn't bother to watch everything, watch the videos first and read all the existing FAQ's before asking a question.

Pet Peeves:

1) Don't ask me about your gpa/gmat/gre/lsat/mcat scores and what your chances are of getting an interview. Ask the firm you're applying to for that info directly. Or just apply.

2) Don't ask me to critique your resume or CV or estimate your chances of getting an interview based on your background.

3) Don't be rude and demanding - sheesh... the site is free (and my friend think I'm crazy for not charging a lot up front for the info provided). The q&a is again free (though donations to my favorite charity kidpower.org is much appreciated).  This is a pet project of mine. I only answer questions maybe once or twice a month.

My motivation in answering Q&A is to create a comprehensive online resource that is able to help a lot of people enter a really wonderful profession... and to help people in a way that does not take up any or much of my personal time.

So if my answering your question is likely to make the site better, there's a good chance I will answer it (though depending on my schedule often not immediately). If the question is only relevant to you, but not others, I will most likely not answer it as I get LOTS of questions.

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2 comments… add one
  • Devesh Bhatt Jun 2, 2010, 1:21 am

    Respected Sir,
    I thank you for the guidance you have provided through consulting videos. Management consulting has always been an interesting concept. And hence it would be more helpful to me if you further share some more interesting facts with me.
    Some of the questions which came into my mind while viewing these videos are:
    1) How different is the actual consulting process from a case interview? (I mean to ask you that, in a case interview candidates are given cases and are expected to provide solutions based on facts and data. But, in a real life business problem how do consultants deal with such problems.)
    2) To what extent and depth are the consultants allowed to make analysis? (In the example of NBA, we shall make an analysis of competitors, market share and also give the advertising rate. How is this done in actual consulting?
    3) Completion of a project would depend upon the type of a project, but what might be an average period of a single project.
    4) How tasks are conferred to the team members during a project. And how an actual team works?

    These are some of the questions which I am interested in getting knowledge. As I am not from a consulting background, I don’t know whether these questions important for our topic.
    But I would be thankful if you divert some of your valuable time in answering them.

    About me: My name is Devesh D Bhatt. I am from India. I have just completed my MBA in international business from ICFAI University. My background is commerce.
    Right now I am into my fathers business. Previously I had worked as an assistant to HR manager and experienced various tasks like accounting, auditing and general management.

    Thanking You
    Devesh Bhatt

  • Raul Aldrete Jun 10, 2010, 12:51 pm

    Victor,

    I want to thank you for the guidance you have provided to me through your videos. Management consulting has always been interesting for me. And hence it would be more helpful to me if you further share some more interesting facts of public concern.
    Some of the questions which came into my mind while viewing these videos are:

    1) How can I prepare for the mathematics exam, I have scheduled an appointment on BCG offices by the end of the month? (I mean to ask you that, because I have been studying Gmat exercises but there are only 20 questions and 1 minute for each question , I’m a little nervous about that because I think it may be harder than it seems at first sight)

    2) What clothe should I wear for every time I assist to an appointment at the office? (I want to ask you this because it is really important to give a good first impression ; to always be shaved and clean, that talks a lot about a person and you should know that better because your background)

    3) What can I do to get on the first round of interviews and then to the second( I know that my first step is to get a good grade in the math’s exam , but then after that should I call them or just wait, what’s the best thing to do to follow up a recruiting process)

    4) Does your background infer on get or not to get a first interview and in the whole process? ( I am telling you this because I a have a diversified background such as IT administrator or Financial Management studies, well and I am too young but I have been working in 3 different places in 2 years , I don’t know if that will show some instability in my person and that would interfere in their final decision.
    5) Should I follow up the process with many consulting firms I applied to or just stick to those of my interest? (I think it is good to do as much as I can do every time in all my activities, but if I try to concentrate in 6 or 7 consulting firms , it would be harder to be precise ;but if I just focus on the 2 that I really want to get in, they would get my whole attention)
    6) Should I mention the money when they ask me to in the interviews? (Almost in all interview I’ve been to they ask me how much money I want to earn, but do you think that’s a good idea to tell them my expectative , I don’t want to be lower or higher than they spect , and that would interfere in their final decision)
    These are some of the questions which I am interested in getting knowledge. As I just have a little consulting background back in the university where I worked part time in a local consulting firm.
    I would be really thankful if you divert some of your valuable time in answering my questions, I think they are valuable for a lot of people, not just me.
    About me: My name is Raul Aldrete. I am from Mexico. I am working nowadays as an IT administrator for GE but my background is Financial Management and Commerce.
    Right now I am trying to do what I love to do, that is numbers, Finance and Business Management .I know that my actual work has nothing to do with it but it is good to get hands on experience with IT controls and computer advances, it may help in the future. Previously I had worked as an assistant to finance manager and experienced various tasks like accounting, auditing and general management.
    Thanking You
    Raul Aldrete

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