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Question: Hi. I have a questions for you. I am currently in the process of interviewing with McKinsey. I am enjoying studying the case questions and am excited about the prospect of potentially working at McKinsey, but was made concerned by a comment that you made in your Harvard lecture videos. You stated that people [...]

Question: How do you handle and prepare for a case that doesn’t fit well into a pre-defined framework? My Response: First off, it’s rare to get one of these weird cases that doesn’t fit a framework. That being said, it happens from time to time. My estimate is it happens less than 2% of the [...]

Question: I was looking at your FAQs and read in one of your responses that EMBAs “don’t count.” Can you elaborate on that? Does that automatically DQ me if I am trying to get a job at a top tier firm? And to deep dive a bit…what’s up with this stereotype that EMBA degrees don’t [...]

Question: Do the frameworks you present have to be modified for non-profit cases? i.e. is there anything different with a non-profit client that I need to expand the standard frameworks to address? My Reply: In general, I use similar frameworks but add a metric called “mission” — as in did you accomplish your mission as [...]

Question: Is there a pattern or trend of what kind of case problems are given by a particular firm ? For eg: BCG generally gives M&A cases while Mckinsey generally gives business cases ? My Response: The cases you get are all over the place and there’s no pattern that I’ve ever seen or heard [...]

Question: While suggesting recommendations or even while identifying any issue in the case, is it fine if i explicitly quote an example of a similar issue that I faced in one of my previous work experiences and how a particular recommendation actually helped ? Would it be seen as an unprofessional conduct, if during a case discussion, I talk [...]

Question: Later this week I’m going to have the last round of interviews with BCG but I was wondering if they where different from previous rounds. In the first round I got two business cases and a few questions of personal experiences. What is your advise? My Response: In my experience as both interviewee and interviewer, the [...]

Question: What is the best way to prepare for case interviews for management consulting jobs? My Response: There are a few things that make case interviews different than a traditional job interview. Obviously there is the case itself which is more much problem-solving and interactive than a traditional job interview. The case interview doesn’t just [...]

Question: I don’t know anyone else who is interested in case interviews and don’t have someone to practice with. How important is the role playing practice and what do you think of the mock case interview consultants and services out there? My Response: Case interview practice is important. I practiced with others. I practiced by [...]

Question: From what I have seen in your website and from having spoken to few others, I realize that its likely I might get through the first filtering process, since I have a good school name as a backup, and my academic record and extra curricular activities are not bad. That brings me to my [...]

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