Case Interview Articles

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, [...]

MECE is a principle used by management consulting firms to describe a way of organizing information. The MECE principle suggests that to understand and fix any large problem, you need to understand your options by sorting them into categories that are: Mutually Exclusive– Items can only fit into one category at a time and Collectively Exhaustive [...]

Success Story: Hope you are doing well. I just received an offer from McKinsey and Co for an Associate role. I am doing an MBA from a non-core school, therefore it was really hard for me to prepare for case interviews and reach the interview stage. I prepared for Mckinsey interviews by practicing more than [...]

Question: Really enjoying your materials. 2 questions: 1) Related to [my post on How to Structure a Case Interview ]. On the answer in your website you try to come up with frameworks that are MECE. I am having trouble understanding why the “old/new products and old/new customers” segmentation is MECE but the “old/new products [...]

Question: With only a few days to prepare for the 1st round interview with McKinsey, I listened to your material (LOMS) and was invited to the 2nd round. Now, I’m struggling with the change in the interview format (interviewer-led x candidate-led). I’m having difficulty prioritizing the areas of analysis (in the 1st round I didn’t [...]

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