Case Interview Articles

Case Interview Math is about analyzing data to help you create an informed recommendation to solve a case. You probably already know how to multiply, add, subtract, divide, and understand the concept of percentages. But, you need to understand what the math and the results mean. Often candidates without business backgrounds or first-timers of case [...]

In case interviews, some candidates always seem to get “stuck” in a case — unsure how to proceed. Other candidates “ace the case” and never seem to get stuck at all. Why does this happen? The short answer is this: You only get stuck in a case if you skip steps.  If you never skip steps, [...]

Because McKinsey is considered one of the top strategy consulting firms in the world (if not THE top management consulting firm), it is very important to the firm that its consultants represent the firm well. It is also important to realize that McKinsey charges a premium over its competitors BCG and Bain.  To justify this [...]

What follows is an exchange of emails with a reader regarding synthesis is case interviews. Reader Email 1 of 3: Hi Victor, thanks to the LOMS program, I was able to learn just enough within a short time to pass my first ever case interview with McKinsey. I got the feedback from HR that overall I did very [...]

Question: I am a new visitor at your blog and I find the feedback you provide in specific questions extremely helpful. One issue that I would like your opinion on is to what extent humor can be a plus in an interview and where you would put the limit. I read in various sources that [...]

Reader Comment: I am writing just to thank you for all the materials and work you have prepared and provided! How I got interested in the first place? Well, I really want to work in consulting, because I love solving problems, and as far as I understand, consultants are smart, intelligent and at the same [...]

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. There’s no [...]

Question: I am a big fan of your materials (LOMS® and HSMC are both very helpful). Wanted to ask you a quick question about concluding cases. I think the materials do a great job of covering HOW to close a case. However, what I am struggling with is knowing exactly WHEN to conclude. As I begin to wrap [...]

Question: I have been following your email newsletters and have read them all carefully since I joined your club.  I thank you again for all your effort in making the videos and in having lots of good information available to us. After going through your training videos and framework guide, I recently started practicing case interviews by [...]

Question: First of all, I want to thank you for all the great materials that you have developed and posted on the web. By far the best of these has to be your LOMS program and the emails you circulate. I have recently received feedback from my final round interviews at McKinsey, and have been told that [...]

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