Case Interview Articles

A reader sent me an email asking if there was a pattern or trend to what kind of case problems are given by each firm? So, does BCG give M&A questions while McKinsey gives business cases? My answer is the cases you get are all over the place and there’s no pattern that I’ve ever [...]

You can perform better in a consulting interview by having an upfront preview of what types of questions might be thrown your way. Below you’ll find nine categories of questions and a few tips on areas worth exploring within each: 1) Profitability Profitability cases directly tackle the amount of money a business is generating. For [...]

How do you solve market sizing cases with the appropriate level of detail? My advice is you set the assumptions (define them explicitly) and generally you get about five minutes, up to ten minutes max to do this. Further segmentation leads to greater accuracy, but sometimes you don’t need greater accuracy — in which case, [...]

Student Question: Recently I came across a book called ‘The Minto Pyramid’, you might know this book, by Barbara Minto, ex-McKinsey. Would you recommend me to use MINTO principle? This way I can show the interviewer I am 100% hypothesis driven and I don’t ask any irrelevant data. Would you recommend this and what is your view about this as a [...]

The following is an example of a real-life case a student received and my advice on how to go about solving the case step by step. Question: I have a question regarding a case I had in an interview with AT Kearney last month.  It started out as a simple profitability problem, which I worked [...]

Case Interview Example – Estimation Question and Answer I was asked the following management consulting estimation question by a McKinsey interviewer many years ago: “Estimate how long it would take to move or relocate an average size mountain 10 miles using an average size truck” Below you will see my answer to this estimation question [...]

Here is apractice tip from a CaseInterview.com student about how to practice cases in everyday life. This is a great tip and one I used myself when I was preparing for the case interview and one, I highly recommend. Below are the details on how this student used this practice tip to receive an offer [...]

To practice problem structuring in a case interview I recommend practicing  the process of setting a hypothesis and devising an issue tree that tests your hypothesis. It is okay if you are slow at the process in the beginning… the key is that you understand the process. For better proficiency and speed, you just need to practice. [...]

There are lots of little things that separate a candidate who does a good job on a case vs. an excellent job. While it’s not necessary to be perfect on every case, it is necessary to come pretty close most of the time. It is far easier to have a higher success rate and be more consistent if you [...]

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