Getting The Interview

Question: Victor, thank you for your case interview videos and advice – a very valuable and user-friendly service. You emphasize the importance of working on paper, and sharing the written work with the interviewer (and friends of mine at consulting firms have emphasized the same). I have a phone interview with BCG coming up in [...]

Question: I have been following your blog at caseinterview.com and using your video for my case interview practice. You mentioned in a couple of posts that better consultants are those who are hyper-analytical/linear thinkers. Creative/lateral thinkers may make the person to communicate in a non-client-friendly way — hard to follow. I did exactly this in [...]

Question: Right now I’m feeling like I don’t quite understand consulting… what do consultants think of themselves? What do clients expect out of consultants?.. For my junior level consultant friends, I know they were just involved in brainstorming, and did all the cold call, data mining and modeling and etc.. My Reply: The very first time [...]

Question: Is there a pattern or trend of what kind of case problems are given by a particular firm ? For eg: BCG generally gives M&A cases while Mckinsey generally gives business cases ? My Response: The cases you get are all over the place and there’s no pattern that I’ve ever seen or heard [...]

Question: Later this week I’m going to have the last round of interviews with BCG but I was wondering if they where different from previous rounds. In the first round I got two business cases and a few questions of personal experiences. What is your advise? My Response: In my experience as both interviewee and interviewer, the [...]

Question: I don’t know anyone else who is interested in case interviews and don’t have someone to practice with. How important is the role playing practice and what do you think of the mock case interview consultants and services out there? My Response: Case interview practice is important. I practiced with others. I practiced by [...]

Question: From what I have seen in your website and from having spoken to few others, I realize that its likely I might get through the first filtering process, since I have a good school name as a backup, and my academic record and extra curricular activities are not bad. That brings me to my [...]

Question: For applicants with an MBA or advanced degree, is undergrad GPA important to put on your consulting resume? I am starting a Master’s of Int’l Business at XXXXXXXXX (A top 25 MBA program) and hoping to do a McKinsey internship next summer.  I have high test scores and, being older and wiser and with [...]

Question: I’ve found your site really useful in helping to prepare for interviews. I was wondering if you could give me an idea of what interviewers are looking for when they ask you where you see yourself in x number of years from now. I’ve heard that question comes up a lot, but I really [...]

Question: Today I had 3 cases 1) profits decline cause + strategies in an insurance company 2) factory shutdown or continue in utilities 3) Increase profitability of a private bank I spend like 5 minutes in the beginning of the case to know a bit more about the background such as Internal issues (company, product), [...]

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