Case Interview Articles

I recently was sent this question from a student looking for advice on how to prepare for a Bain Written Case Interview. What follows is the student’s original question and my advice on how to prepare. Question: I’ve purchased LOMS and have just completed my first attempt at all the cases. Your best practice examples are [...]

At consulting firms like McKinsey, you will receive a personal experience interview (or McKinsey PEI). Sometimes an entire interview is devoted to these types of questions. Other times, you will receive 10 – 15 minutes of these kinds of questions before you get a case interview. The format will vary by firm, but make no [...]

Imagine you’ve practiced your cases relentlessly. You get to your McKinsey case interview. You’re nervous. You hope you do well. You hear the case. And then… You solve it perfectly… … and still get rejected. It used to be that all you had to do was pass the case to get an offer. Every few [...]

Following is a success story from a student that interviewed with four firms and got offers from both McKinsey and Bain. He reports on the interview process at these firms and shares the preparation method that contributed to his success. Success Story: A couple of weeks ago, I sent you an e-mail to let you [...]

A reader sent me an email asking if there was a pattern or trend to what kind of case problems are given by each firm? So, does BCG give M&A questions while McKinsey gives business cases? My answer is the cases you get are all over the place and there’s no pattern that I’ve ever [...]

You can perform better in a consulting interview by having an upfront preview of what types of questions might be thrown your way. Below you’ll find nine categories of questions and a few tips on areas worth exploring within each: 1) Profitability Profitability cases directly tackle the amount of money a business is generating. For [...]

How do you solve market sizing cases with the appropriate level of detail? My advice is you set the assumptions (define them explicitly) and generally you get about five minutes, up to ten minutes max to do this. Further segmentation leads to greater accuracy, but sometimes you don’t need greater accuracy — in which case, [...]

Student Question: Recently I came across a book called ‘The Minto Pyramid’, you might know this book, by Barbara Minto, ex-McKinsey. Would you recommend me to use MINTO principle? This way I can show the interviewer I am 100% hypothesis driven and I don’t ask any irrelevant data. Would you recommend this and what is your view about this as a [...]

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