Monitor Group Interview

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Question:

I purchased the LOMS program and I am getting a lot of benefit specially in term of structuring my thinking!

I did the first round with Monitor and I did very well, most probably I will pass.

I want to ask you about how to prepare  for the later round, since as you know it will be a group interview; do you have any tips about whatto concentrate on?

Thank you in advance.

My Reply :

For help on the core case interview skills and general case interview preparation strategies, I would refer you to the free Case Interview Secrets videos and the Look Over My Shoulder® Program that you have already been using.

As for the group interview specifically, it tests similar skills as the 1:1 case interview, but in a different format.

However, the one exception is the group format tests people skills much more intensely than a 1:1 interview.

The big thing to be careful of is don't be a jerk. Don't put down other candidates and say their idea was dumb -- thinking it will make the other person look bad and by comparison you look good. This will backfire.

Trust me, if someone else in your group says something dumb, the interviewers will know it. You do not need to point it out.  And if you point it out in a disrespectful way it will reflect extremely poorly on you.

Be respectful with everyone and be a straight shooter.

If you were wrong, say yup I was wrong (in a confident way).

If someone else comes up with better idea that yours, say forget my idea... yours is better.  Being flexible is a desirable trait. Being stubborn in holding to your point of view in the face of clear data to the contrary is a liability.

Basically forget it is an interview, and pretend you are working on solving a client situation and you should be fine.

The "goal" is not to beat everyone else in the group.

The goal is to help the group succeed.

If the group consists of people who meander analytically -- can't form a hypothesis, can't come up with an issue tree, can't come up with  MECE issue tree, can't figure out what data would be needed to test a hypothesis -- then take the lead and help the rest of the team through the process... but do not leave them behind. Instead, bring them along.

If they are good at the process, the work with the rest of the team to advance the joint problem solving process.  The goal is to demonstrate you can do the job and you are someone nice enough that the interviewers would want to work with you.  The goal is not to make everyone else look bad or to "beat" them.

Good luck!

(NOTE: Monitor has since been acquired by Deloitte.  It remains to be seen if Deloitte adopts the same interviewing process or drops it entirely.)

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