Case Interview Articles

One of the most common questions I am asked is how much time is needed to prepare for case interviews? My response is typically extensive preparation gives you an enormous advantage. The ratio is probably 15:1 or 20:1 in favor of the person who prepares a lot vs. someone who prepares little. Now for some people, [...]

The PARADE Method ™ is an approach to answering resume-oriented job interview questions. It is an approach I developed that is tailored for answering these questions in job interviews for management consulting, as well as interviews for senior executive positions in industry. It can be used by candidates to prepare concise and powerful answers to [...]

I’ve had several requests to provide an example of a case involving the Capacity Change Framework as described in my case interview frameworks article. Before I provide the example and walk through how to solve it, let me start by providing some context. First, you don’t see this kind of case very often. I did 60+ case [...]

This article provides the answer to this estimation question. The process and rational I use to answer this specific estimation question can be used as a template to practice answering other estimation questions as you prepare for case interviews. “Estimate how long it would take to move or relocate an average size mountain 10 miles [...]

Facing rejection from consulting firms is an emotional topic especially with the time and effort candidates put in preparing for the case interview. I recently received this question from a reader about being rejected from all of the consulting jobs they applied for, here is the question and my response to dealing with not getting [...]

I was recently asked by a reader what the average applicant success rate is at each round in the case interview process. This is a very good question and unfortunately the answer varies quite a bit. The first step in the application process where cuts are made would be the Consulting Resume and Cover Letter [...]

Here’s a list of Case Interview Questions that I’ve received as a candidate. Keep in mind the interview format (especially for McKinsey) has evolved since the time I went through it as a candidate. How much time does it take to relocated an average size mountain 10 miles using an average size dump truck? – [...]

The STAR Method is a way of answering resume-based interview questions that provides interviewers with clear, concrete and concise answers. Interview questions that are answered in the STAR method format get to the heart of what a candidate actually did in a previous work experience. STAR stands for: * Situation – What was the situation you [...]

Management consultant salaries in the United States will vary by position and experience. Starting from the base, fresh graduates (from undergrad institutions) earn an average base pay of $83,500 from top-tier consulting firms. Their performance bonuses range between $12,000-$18,000, with a signing bonus of $5,000. For entry-level hires salaries are about $83,500 on average at [...]

What are the Top Consulting Firms? While it sometimes seems that everyone wants to get into the top 3 strategy consulting firms McKinsey, Boston Consulting Group (BCG), and Bain & Company (Bain), also known as MBB, it’s worth noting that there are several other top consulting firms that can give a career a real boost. While McKinsey, [...]

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