Case Interview Articles

Consulting interview questions (also called “case interview” questions) differ dramatically from traditional interview questions. In a traditional or behavioral interview, the interviewer will ask questions that tend to begin with “tell me about a time.” For example: “Tell me about a time you had a conflict with a teammate and what you did to resolve [...]

The following video is a funny example of how NOT to do math in a case interview. The math question is: “If you’re traveling 80 miles per hour, how long does it take you to travel 80 miles?” See one person’s answer (who by the way should NOT work in consulting). Note: This video has [...]

When I am contacted by candidates who have made it through the case interview process with a successful offer, often I get emails like the one below with tips for those still interviewing. Field Report: It’s been about 8 months that I was dreaming to write this e-mail to you. Tomorrow I’m joining McKinsey in [...]

Question: Quick question: when is the best time to do the synthesis + hypothesis combination in interviewer-led interviews? I know that you would normally do it after closing each branch/moving to the next framework in candidate-led cases, but what about the interviewer-led cases? Do you do it before each new question is asked? After? At [...]

Question: Firstly, I would like to sincerely thank you for the all the great material you’ve published to help with case study interviews. I have recently purchased the LOMS programme and I would personally recommend it to people who are serious about entering consulting. However I just have a few questions. I understand that the [...]

Question: I have just subscribed to your website and I find your videos and notes very helpful. I have my first round interview with McKinsey this week (I was notified less than a week before) and I have already taken the PST and looked at other companies’ tests as well. In the email I received, [...]

Question: I purchased LOMS about ten days ago and have listened to it twice so far. I am trying to go over the seven times mantra, hopefully before the first round. As far as identifying my weak spots, I feel it’s with the “qualitative” cases, something that you mention is a common issue with people [...]

Question on Using an Issue Tree: First, I would like to thank you very much for your LOMS program. I found it very helpful. Your emails are also very useful for me to learn many new things from other people’s experiences. My questions is about how to structure a case after a case question is [...]

MECE (pronounced “me see”) is principle often used by management consulting firms such as McKinsey to describe a way of organizing information that is “Mutually Exclusive, Collectively Exhaustive”. When considering solving any business problem, such as “What are this company’s options for growth?”, “How can we cut costs?” or “How can we increase units sold?”, [...]

Question: I work in the Venture Capital Industry and am considering a switch to strategy consultancy. Normally people switch the other way around but I think that it would be good to acquire more analytical, team and strategy skills, as I started in the VC field straight from campus. While orienting myself in the strategy [...]

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