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Question: I have been following your blog at CaseInterview.com and using your video for my case interview practice. You mentioned in a couple of posts that better consultants are those who are hyper-analytical/linear thinkers. Creative/lateral thinkers may make the person to communicate in a non-client-friendly way — hard to follow. I did exactly this in one management [...]

Question: Thank you for creating the Case Interview Secrets videos and Look Over My Shoulder® program. It is the most practical and intuitive resource on the market, in my opinion. My question is related to note-taking during the interview. What I am struggling with is keeping up with the interviewer, and still trying to note down key facts. In [...]

I’ve been thinking a lot lately about the cult/culture of elitism. The entire premise of elitism is hierarchy. Those who are “elite” are presumed to be better than those that are not. Those who aren’t “elite” often feel “less than” their counterparts. An Ivy League degree makes you more elite. A larger bank account makes [...]

Case Interview Dress Code I often get questions about the dress code in a case interview. What follows are 2 such questions and my responses. Question 1: I hope you are doing great! I cannot thank you enough for providing: The free case interview preparation videos on your blog My favorite – LOMS sessions at an affordable [...]

Some people make decisions based on their intuition or “gut” feeling. Others make decisions based purely on data and logic. Neither is wholly right or wrong, as both have problems with bias. Intuitive decisions are usually based on two things: 1) a mental model of the situation at hand; and 2) our emotional feelings about [...]

Ever since working at McKinsey, I’ve been fascinated by the financial services industry. In every other industry, you know what your costs and revenues were this year, and at the end of the year you can calculate your profit. However, in a sense, this is not the case with many financial institutions.  When your homeowner’s [...]

Many of my students have been told that they need to have “confidence” and “fake it until you make it.” I only half agree with this sentiment. I think it is important to be confident. This is especially the case when you don’t know what you’re talking about. Instead of faking competence, I encourage you [...]

The sports of baseball and tennis include references to a concept called an “unforced error.” This means a player makes a mistake of his or her own doing (as opposed to being “forced” into the error by an opposing player’s efforts). When I hold office hours for members of my mentorship program, I often get [...]

While most people see me as a teacher, I see myself as a lifetime student. One of the many things I study is market demand. When my kids and their friends all talk about a product, I get intrigued as to why they like it. When I’m walking around town and see a long line [...]

The following is a report I received from a CaseInterview.com student who has recently taken the AT Kearney Analytical Skills Test. Unlike the McKinsey Problem Solving Test (McKinsey PST), the ATK test is mainly a test of excel skills and speed. Student Report: I have taken the test and have summarized my experience for the benefit of all of [...]

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