Hypothesis

One of the nuanced skills that I’m noticing some people having difficulty with is the ability to identify the “key drivers” behind a particular business trend. Mastering this skill is not only important in a case interview, but is arguably far more important after the case interview — when you are doing real client work. [...]

Question: Your resources have been very helpful for me so far. I am an experienced candidate, and just had my phone case coaching session with McKinsey. One thing I was a little surprised by was that the case coach wanted me to offer up an opinion straight away as opposed to laying out a structure [...]

Question: I appreciate your response and just had a quick opinion question. I spoke to a friend of mine, ex-Mckinsey consultant and interviewer. He said, when I asked him about casework and interviews, that there is a key that many people who employ solely the framework miss out on. It seems a bit different from [...]

What follows is a field report from a reader who just got a McKinsey offer, and my commentary on the perfect hypothesis opening statement. Field Report: I wanted to let you know that I received an offer from McKinsey as a non-MBA candidate. Thank you so much for all of your help throughout the process. [...]

Question: I will be interviewing with McKinsey next week. I’ve been watching the case interview video and it was extremely useful. However, regarding the business situation framework, I have a question. Yesterday I had my first case interview workshop in McKinsey. Two highlights from the workshop are: 1) Don’t ask too many questions or do [...]

Question: What’s a Hypothesis? And Do I Need to Use One? Would you recommend to always to use and mention a hypothesis in a case? Are there some cases which are not suitable for a hypothesis or not suitable to mention? I ask this because imho sometimes its not that easy to formulate a hypothesis, [...]

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: First of all thank you for all your free material which I find extremely useful. I have an interview coming up with McKinsey. Upon reading all your material, I have only one question that is really bothering me. From what I can tell, regardless of the cases we will receive and the frameworks we [...]

Question 1: In your videos you recommended to start broad. I noticed you always apply the 3CP: consumer, company, competition, products and you mentioned in the videos that many ways lead to the case ‘solution’ but you prefer to start with the consumers. Do interviewers actually care about the framework? Response 1: I think most [...]

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