case interview frameworks

Identifying Key Drivers in a Case Interview

One of the nuanced skills that I’m noticing some people having difficulty with is the ability to identify the “key drivers” behind a particular business trend. Mastering this skill is not only important in a case interview but is arguably far more important after the case interview — when you are doing real client work. This skill [...]

Bain Interview Success

Here is a success story from one of my readers that contains some useful tips for others pursuing a career with Bain. Success Story: Just received an offer at Bain & Co. What luck to have come across your website a week before the final round! What separates your exposition about applying frameworks to case interviews (and [...]

Case Interviews: When to Be Creative

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 one management [...]

Starting a Case with the Right Questions

Question: I have been following your email newsletters and have read them all carefully since I joined your club.  I thank you again for all your effort in making the videos and in having lots of good information available to us. After going through your training videos and framework guide, I recently started practicing case interviews by [...]

Business Acumen in Case Interviews

Question: First of all, I want to thank you for all the great materials that you have developed and posted on the web. By far the best of these has to be your LOMS program and the emails you circulate. I have recently received feedback from my final round interviews at McKinsey, and have been told that [...]

Switching Frameworks Mid-Case

Question: I work in the Venture Capital Industry and am considering a switch to strategy consultancy. Normally, people switch the other way around, but I think that it would be good to acquire more analytical, team and strategy skills, as I started in the VC field straight from campus. While orienting myself in the strategy [...]

Tips for Successfully Preparing for a Case Interview in a Short Time Frame

What follows is a success story from a student who received offers from McKinsey, BCG and Booz with only a limited amount of time to prepare. This student shares his preparation and experience in the case interview process. I also follow-up with some advice on the importance of developing your analytical problem solving skills. Success [...]

Case Interview Example – Solving a Case Step by Step

The following is an example of a real-life case a student received and my advice on how to go about solving the case step by step. Question: I have a question regarding a case I had in an interview with AT Kearney last month.  It started out as a simple profitability problem, which I worked [...]

What to Expect and How to Prepare for a McKinsey 2nd Round Interview

The big difference between the McKinsey First and Second Round is in the second round you’ll be expected to lead the process. It will be a candidate-led interview. Rather than testing the component level skills as in Round 1, they’ll be testing how you pull all the skills together cohesively. In terms of preparation, the [...]

Practicing Quantitative Questions

Below is a list of tips and recommended resources to assist in practicing quantitative case interview questions. Standardized Testing Practice Books: Standardized test prep books have example quantitative questions I would suggest looking in GMAT, GRE preparation books – and specifically look for the section that’s most similar to these types of questions. GRE Prep [...]

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