Case Interview Articles

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’ve purchased LOMS and have just completed my first attempt at all the cases. Your best practise examples are so useful. I was just wondering if you had any advice on how to practice or attempt to answer/structure a written case interview study that I will have to tackle for a final round Bain [...]

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 [...]

Question: I purchased your Look Over My Shoulder® program and find it really helps me a lot to prepare for my case interviews. However, listening to all the cases I stumbled upon an inconsistency that confuses me a bit. In the one of the cases the candidate X’s out “Cost” as an area to look [...]

Question: Thank you for all the great material you provide. It really helps me understand what a case interview is and how to tackle a case. I am still far from mastering the frameworks, but I am getting more and more confident. I have specific questions that I found during the study process and look [...]

Question: Here’s a question that may be on a lot of people’s minds but which I haven’t seen addressed on your site or in the daily e-mails: If you recognize a flaw or a gap in your approach or framework just after the case interview is over, is there any value in addressing this in [...]

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 have a question about working through case interview frameworks. In the Signs example case from the Look Over My Shoulder® recordings, I noticed that the first two candidates did not look at the cost side of the profit tree. When starting with a profit tree, should we examine both branches before moving to [...]

Question: In a second round case interview next week, I’ll be giving a presentation of a case to a panel.  Does this type of interview fit into the candidate-driven type, or is it the pre-structured type? Do you have any experience with or suggestions for second round case interview prep?  Thanks. My Reply: This is [...]

Question: I have a question about case interview frameworks. What a difference a day makes. Yesterday I was depressed, as I thought I had not gotten interviews with any of the top three. Today, I got a call from the Head Recruiter in BCG London saying I have a first round in two weeks. I [...]

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