Following is a field report from a CaseInterview.com reader that found success in improvements and personal advances, even though no offers were extended.
I recently finished final rounds with McKinsey and while I did not receive an offer, I still wanted to send a note of appreciation to you for everything you've provided me through your website and LOMS.
In the spirit of overstructuring, I'd like to go through:
1) My background
2) Experience using LOMS
I graduated from [U.S. University], did 2 years of consulting at [marketing consulting firm], and now currently work at [financial services corporation] doing strategy / business development. In one of my groups at [current employer], I worked under former McKinsey partnesr and EMs and learned a lot, and decided that moving back to consulting might be a good move for me.
Experience Using LOMS
I cannot say how valuable LOMS was in helping me structure my thoughts and go through cases. My expertise in case interviewing was previously developed using Case In Point, which I have now all but tossed away in favor of your hypothesis-driven methodology (which I have found very similar to the problem-solving structure at both [marketing consulting firm] and working with the former McKinsey consultants).
I went through 6 rounds of case study interviews, over the course of 4 months, and listening to the interviewer-led cases really helped me during this long and grueling process.
Despite not getting an offer at the end, I am very proud of making it all the way to final rounds, and can confidently say that this would not be the case had I not found your program.
Moreover, your advice, aside from case study prepping, has been incredibly encouraging. From understanding your own core competencies, to keeping things in perspective, all these things strongly resonated with me and are incredibly valuable life lessons. I would even say that those lessons are more valuable to me than any specific case-study advice that you have provided through LOMS (and that's saying a lot!).
Thank you again so much for providing these resources - this interviewing experience has been incredibly introspective for me, and you personally made a large impact on that process.
Wish you the very best in your business and in life!