Case Interview Articles

Question: Thanks for all the valuable information you share on your site. Its just about the precise, concise prep I’d ever seen. I have been invited to Round 1 of McKinsey interviews later this month. The interview process has a 60 minute Analytical test (Computer based), followed by 2 case sessions where a McK facilitator [...]

Question: I will be interviewing with McKinsey next week. I’ve been watching the case interview video and it was extremely useful. However, regarding the business situation framework, I have a question. Yesterday I had my first case interview workshop in McKinsey. Two highlights from the workshop are: 1) Don’t ask too many questions or do [...]

Question: What’s a Hypothesis? And Do I Need to Use One? Would you recommend to always to use and mention a hypothesis in a case? Are there some cases which are not suitable for a hypothesis or not suitable to mention? I ask this because imho sometimes its not that easy to formulate a hypothesis, [...]

Question: Which framework should one use for the following case: Case question: “Due to quality issues, a cereal manufacturer had to recall $20 million worth of products. Management does not want the 20 million loss to show on their Profit and Loss statement. They have to save the money somehow. How would you approach this? [...]

Question: My question is in regards to Monitor’s written case interview format. The candidate spends 15-30 mins reading 2/3 pages of text with graphs/tables about a business problem (I guess during this time the candidate CAN take notes but CANNOT ask the interviewer any clarifying questions), and then takes a series of questions from the [...]

Question: How do you handle and prepare for a case that doesn’t fit well into a pre-defined framework? My Response: First off, it’s rare to get one of these weird cases that doesn’t fit a framework. That being said, it happens from time to time. My estimate is it happens less than 2% of the [...]

Question: Do the frameworks you present have to be modified for non-profit cases? i.e. is there anything different with a non-profit client that I need to expand the standard frameworks to address? My Reply: In general, I use similar frameworks but add a metric called “mission” — as in did you accomplish your mission as [...]

Question: While suggesting recommendations or even while identifying any issue in the case, is it fine if i explicitly quote an example of a similar issue that I faced in one of my previous work experiences and how a particular recommendation actually helped ? Would it be seen as an unprofessional conduct, if during a case discussion, I talk [...]

Question: First of all thank you for all your free material which I find extremely useful. I have an interview coming up with McKinsey. Upon reading all your material, I have only one question that is really bothering me. From what I can tell, regardless of the cases we will receive and the frameworks we [...]

Video 1 in this series of 12 videos on how case interviews provides an introduction to the case interview process. While this basic information is available elsewhere, what isn’t as readily available is to learn to see the case interview from the interviewer’s point of view. In transition from being just “okay” at case interviews [...]

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