case interview communication

The Case Structuring Contest Winner Is...

A week or so ago, I held a case structuring contest. I showed a TV interview of a U.S. college student leader arguing that all university student debt should be forgiven and that college tuition be free to students. The person being interviewed was unprepared and didn’t propose a well reasoned or structured argument. So [...]

Case Structuring Contest

I came across the following television interview the other day. The person being interviewed is a leader of a group of college students demanding that all student loans in the U.S. be forgiven, and that college tuition be free. She was not prepared, and ended up humiliating herself on live national television. Specifically, she was [...]

When to Close a Case

Question: I am a big fan of your materials (LOMS and HSMC are both very helpful). Wanted to ask you a quick question about concluding cases. I think the materials do a great job of covering HOW to close a case. However, what I am struggling with is knowing exactly WHEN to conclude. As I [...]

Case in Point

Question: Victor, first, thank you so much for the resources you’ve provided.  I have watched your lectures twice and memorized your frameworks, and I feel like they are very helpful. My question pertains to differences between what I’ve seen from your approach and that put forth in Case in Point.  Specifically, when reading through the [...]

Silence at the Start of a Case

Question: I am starting case practices with a group of people this week.  During the case practices, one thing I will suggest is to practice selecting the key elements relevant to the problem instead of going through everything in the framework, which clearly shows the interviewer that the interviewee has only memorized the frameworks to [...]

Humor in Case Interviews

Question: I am a new visitor at your blog and I find the feedback you provide in specific questions extremely helpful. One issue that I would like your opinion on is to what extent humor can be a plus in an interview and where you would put the limit. I read in various sources that [...]

Treat the Interviewer Like a Client

Question: First of all I would like to thank you. Everything you produced about consulting (video tutorials, emails, etc.) has been helpful in leading me towards receiving multiple job offers – eventually accepting an offer from McKinsey Milan, Italy. Your materials have been helpful in many different ways, from the psychologic preparation to the technical [...]

How to Think More Analytically... Automatically

I was reading an email from a member of my case interview preparation community that had recently gotten offers from Bain and Booz. He made one particular comment that triggered a thought in my mind on how to think in a more structured and analytical way… automatically. This technique has been sitting underneath my nose [...]