Case Interview Articles

How to Project Confidence in a Case Interview

Email 1 of 2: My first round interview will be in a few days and the final round, if I get through, will be on the same day. I can’t thank you more for all the wonderful materials. Your approach is much more practical than any other sources. Through quite intensive study of your materials [...]

Experienced Hire Case Interview

Question: I’m a U.S.-based consultant preparing for an Bain interview for experienced hires next month. Your site and LOMS program has been invaluable, and I was wondering if you could help answer two questions: 1) How would you conduct case interview preparation differently for this interview given that it is for [a Non-US Country] and [...]

Visual Aids in Case Interviews

Question: I was wondering whether, at the beginning of a case interview, it would be appropriate to use rather theoretical graphs in order to visually translate the interviewer’s question, or whether it might seem odd. So, for instance, for a market entry case, I might show the interviewer that the company must position itself on [...]

Intuition and Structured Problem Solving in Case Interviews

Question: I appreciate your response and just had a quick opinion question. I spoke to a friend of mine, ex-Mckinsey consultant and interviewer. He said, when I asked him about casework and interviews, that there is a key that many people who employ solely the framework miss out on. It seems a bit different from [...]

Case Interview Expectations for PhDs

Question: I have been keeping up with your daily newsletter. Very helpful indeed, but I couldn’t help but notice that it is perhaps mostly aimed at people with a business background of MBAs. I may be wrong. I mentioned in our earlier exchanges that my background is in [Science Field] (PhD). I have done Science [...]

Applying the 80/20 Rule in Case Interviews

Question: I purchased your Look Over My Shoulder® program and find it really helps me a lot to prepare for my case interviews. However, listening to all the cases I stumbled upon an inconsistency that confuses me a bit. In the one of the cases the candidate X’s out “Cost” as an area to look [...]

McKinsey Africa - First Round Interview

Question: I have my first round interview with McKinsey, Africa soon and unfortunately I first discovered your site just a few days ago. I have tried to go through the entire video but this has been tough, given that I have a full time job and I spend four hours driving to and from work [...]

Options for a Second Chance McKinsey Interview

Question: Last week I had a McKinsey interview and didn’t pass. I know that it was my fault because I didn’t practice much. Anyway, I received feedback from my interviewer. He said that they liked me, especially my communication, leadership skills and my ideas about cases, but the answers were not structured enough. When I [...]

McKinsey Interview

McKinsey Interview Question: My question revolves around the differences between the two rounds in the McKinsey interview process.  I’ve heard mixed stories on this and am hoping for a clear answer.  My first rounds were very structured and the interviewer was primarily driving the case by asking a set of 5-6 specific questions per case. [...]

The Value of Case Interview Performance

Question: Regarding the decision process for an interviewer (the decision to move a candidate to second round or to give the candidate an offer) in a case study interview — Is it solely based on your performance in the interview, or does the firm, in addition to your performance in the interview, also reconsider your [...]

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