2011

What to do about Your Case Interview Mistakes

Question: I had a case interview today that was extremely difficult and went terribly. I went to [top school], but you would have thought I’ve never passed 8th grade math after the ridiculous problems I had. I think there still might be a small chance of getting a 3rd Round, as I did all right [...]

Case Interview Prep and Performance

Question: I got invited to an interview with a boutique firm: through a recommendation. I was lucky enough to know the individual, but it will take a lot of footwork from my end to get informational interviews from consultants working at other firms. In terms of how case solving goes, where do firms expect applicants [...]

Why Multiple Interviews in the Same Day?

Question: Thank you for the emails you have been sending me, I find them very useful and full of insights. I an MBA graduate and I have just been invited to an interview with a boutique firm. I am a bit surprised that they have scheduled me for two consecutive interviews in the same day: [...]

"Leadership Case" in McKinsey Final Round

Email: I have a McKinsey final round interview in a few days and apparently, in addition to partner cases, I’ll also have a “leadership case” to solve. Here is the description I received: “It is designed to give you a greater insight into the interpersonal aspects of our work, and to help us gain an [...]

From Bagging Groceries to $80k Consulting Offer

Email: I want to thank you so much for the invaluable support that you gave me these past months. Yesterday, I received an offer from my top choice consulting firm. While not as prestigious as Mckinsey or BCG, the firm is top in its field when it comes to [Person’s Favorite Industry] consulting, and that [...]

The Value of Case Interview Performance

Question: Regarding the decision process for an interviewer (the decision to move a candidate to second round or to give the candidate an offer) in a case study interview — Is it solely based on your performance in the interview, or does the firm, in addition to your performance in the interview, also reconsider your [...]

Case Interview Estimation Questions

Question: Regarding estimation questions, my friend recently did a first round interview at Booz and Co and the first interview, the full hour was dedicated to estimation question. I was wondering if i should expect that at a Mckinsey interview, or do they usually appear as part of a business case? My Reply: It’s unusual [...]

How to Work Through Case Interview Frameworks

Question: I have a question about working through case interview frameworks. In the Signs example case from the Look Over My Shoulder® recordings, I noticed that the first two candidates did not look at the cost side of the profit tree. When starting with a profit tree, should we examine both branches before moving to [...]

Stuck on This Case Question

Question: I have a question regarding a case I had in an interview with AT Kearney last month.  It started out as a simple profitability problem, which I worked through, and drilled it out to be that raw materials had spiked in cost over the past two years. I then broke it down to find [...]

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