Roland Berger Interview Format

What follows is an exchange I had recently with a student about his upcoming Roland Berger interview that he was told would be a presentation interview. Student:

Many thanks for all your materials, they have been very helpful in my case preparations. I have a final round interview at Roland Berger Strategy Consultants in Detroit on Monday.

For the last x months (I have lost count), I have been reading the Economist, Businessweek, practicing cases, listening to Look Over My Shoulder®, and I believe I am quite ready.

The interview format at RB is similar to the Bain interview format; however, it will be a presentation instead of a written case interview.

Below is an outline of the interview itself.

8:30 AM- Fit Interview

9:00 AM-9:45 AM- Business Knowledge Interview (Business topics/current events discussion)

9:45 – 10:30 AM- Prepare case- we will provide everything for you

10:30 – 11:00 AM- Present case

I am not sure if the presentation is on PowerPoint or on flipcharts. You had previously proposed a 6-slide strategy for a Bain final round.

Do you think this could be applicable to the Roland Berger format as well?

My Response:

To answer your question, yes, the 3 supporting idea structure should work well for Roland Berger. Good business communication is good business communication - regardless of the name of the company.

It is the same as the synthesis (verbally) I emphasize in all my materials, and it is the same structure as writing an expository essay in English class.

The key is to force yourself to think what the 3 most important supporting ideas really are, and then use a chart or a series of charts to "prove" that supporting point.

If the 3 supporting points prove the main conclusion, and your data supports the 3 supporting points, you've proven your argument.

For more information, see the video on "closing a case" video within the Case Interview Secrets video series.

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