Case Interview Articles

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” You may NOT ask any clarifying questions. Any answer that does not include a specific amount of time [...]

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 [...]

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: My first question relates to the utilization of all the various frameworks out there. I’m not sure how familiar you are with Marc Cosentino’s and other case interview frameworks out there, but do you have a suggestion on how to incorporate your frameworks with the other tools out there?  I’ve been thinking about the best [...]

These management consulting case interview videos are a recording of a 1 day workshop I gave to approximately 100 Harvard Business School students. It is based on my experiences on both sides of the consulting case interview table–as an applicant and as an interviewer. I was hired as a Business Analyst and later became an [...]

Actual BCG Case Submitted by a Reader: I had a friend doing a mock interview of a BCG case that he failed at in 2nd round.I tried to tackle it using your frameworks but, like my friend, I was getting nowhere. This was the case: “Your client, a private equity firm, is considering acquiring 3 [...]

The McKinsey case interview is an interview format used to evaluate prospective management consultants. As a former McKinsey consultant, consulting resume screener and interviewer, I thought I would share my perspective on this unusual interview format. The first thing to realize is the Mckinsey interview is structured in a specific way to find candidates who [...]

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 [...]

Question About Marc Cosentino’s Case in Point: I had a question for you about your 4 frameworks versus the 11 frameworks from Marc Cosentino’s Case In Point. Cosentino specifically mentions that using a case question framework like the “4 C’s” or “5 P’s” is looked down upon by interviewers; however, your business situation framework is very similar to these. [...]

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