December 2010

Candidate-Led Case Interview

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 [...]

Second Round Case Interview Prep

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 [...]

Case Interview Feedback

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, [...]

Differences in Case Interview Rounds

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 [...]

McKinsey APD / PhD CV Format for Consulting

McKinsey APD CV Question: I’ve struggled with how to edit my academic CV into a more digestible format. As you interviewed APD candidates, perhaps you have some guidance here. I’m of course interested in any rules of thumb on presenting the CV in general (i.e., do you recommend summary statement?). My Response: I did not [...]

McKinsey Case Interview via Video Conference

Question: I have a McKinsey case interview via video conference next week. Do you have any advice as to how one should handle these? What are the major differences between a face-to-face interview and Video Conference case interview that someone who has never done a Video Conference should be aware of? By the way, I [...]

Estimation Question

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 [...]

McKinsey Problem Solving Test Resource

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 [...]

Getting Hired -- McKinsey Business Analysts

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, [...]

Case Interview Frameworks

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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