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McKinsey APD Criteria

Question: Thanks for taking the time and effort to set up these resources for aspiring consultants! I wish I’d found the videos before! Anyway, I noticed you mentioned interviewing APD (applicants with PhD degrees) aspirants a number of times. I was wondering, in your experience, what sets apart successful APD candidates? What does McKinsey look [...]

Question & Answer Tips

I receive a lot of emails asking me questions about consulting and the case interview process. For awhile, I attempted to reply to each email personally and then included the more interesting questions in my case interview email newsletter. But, the email volume has finally overwhelmed my ability to respond to each question individually. While [...]

Victor Cheng Case Interview Guide

Hi my name is Victor Cheng and I recently published a case interview guide consisting of tools, frameworks and videos related to the case interview process at the major consulting firms. If you are looking for jobs in management consulting with firms like McKinsey, Bain, and Boston Consulting Group, you will need to familiarize yourself [...]

Feeling Lost

Question: Today I had 3 cases 1) profits decline cause + strategies in an insurance company 2) factory shutdown or continue in utilities 3) Increase profitability of a private bank I spend like 5 minutes in the beginning of the case to know a bit more about the background such as Internal issues (company, product), [...]

Does Framework Selection Matter?

Question 1: In your videos you recommended to start broad. I noticed you always apply the 3CP: consumer, company, competition, products and you mentioned in the videos that many ways lead to the case ‘solution’ but you prefer to start with the consumers. Do interviewers actually care about the framework? Response 1: I think most [...]

Exploding Job Offer

Exploding Job Offer Question: I received my first strategy consulting offer with (Name of Top 10 Firm Withheld). What is your view about this? They gave me 2 weeks to decide on this exploding offer, I have other interviews lined up as well. I was wondering, you mentioned you had many offers with the leading [...]

Using Industry Specific Metrics in Cases

Question:  In one of my cases, the interviewer used industry specific metrics like sales per square foot in a retail case. What are some common metrics that I would need to be familiar with? Response I wouldn’t worry about this too much. There are too many industries and too many metrics to spend time familiarizing [...]

Keep it Simple

Question: The below case resulted in the feedback of that I am really analytical and smarter than most people in their office but too detailed approach not being able to creatively quickly change thinking on the spot, also they mentioned if something like this happens  you need to interaction with the interviewer to come to [...]

Is My Case Answer Too Detailed?

Question: Today I got rejected because they felt I got a too detailed approach, in consulting you need to be creative, out of the box and be able to quickly change and think. Could you please recommend some exercis for this or do you believe this can be trained by the practice you mentioned in [...]

Forecasting Demand / Thinking Outside the Box

Question: Do you have any tips for thinking out of the box?  (e.g. when building a bridge there could be projected utilization but also latent demand later when the bridge has been built, etc.) My Reply: This is tricky one to prep for. I find people are either naturally lateral (out of the box) thinkers, [...]