case interview frameworks

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 [...]

Case Interview Example – Capacity Change Framework

I’ve had several requests to provide an example of a case involving the Capacity Change Framework as described in my case interview frameworks article. Before I provide the example and walk through how to solve it, let me start by providing some context. First, you don’t see this kind of case very often. I did 60+ case [...]

Hypothesis vs. Framework

I receive many emails asking if I have a framework for XYZ kind of case. Often XYZ is something a little unusual, such as a non-profit case, a human resources organization design case, a manufacturing process improvement, or IT vendor selection case. While my focus is on strategy consulting cases, I still get these questions, [...]

Changing Frameworks or Issue Trees Mid-Case Interview

Question: Greetings from Croatia, I am very happy to say that by following advices and materials from your site, I have been able to secure a McKinsey interview with the Zagreb Office. I’ve been preparing for this for the last four months now, and your site has been the central point of resources and information [...]

Interviewer-Led Case Interview

Question: I have a case interview with a Top 3 firm in two days’ time. Thank you for the excellent materials that you’ve put up on this site. I am using your case interview preparation videos and the LOMS program exclusively to prepare for my interview. Your materials have really given me a lot of [...]

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 [...]

How to Solve a Case When Standard Frameworks Don't Apply

Question: Thank you for all the great material you provide. It really helps me understand what a case interview is and how to tackle a case. I am still far from mastering the frameworks, but I am getting more and more confident. I have specific questions that I found during the study process and look [...]

Weird Final Round Question

Question: I love the site and the content that you provided. I was hoping if you had the time to decipher my final round interview. Thanks in advance for any help! So I had a final round recently (3-30 minute interviews, 2 cases 1 market sizing). So for one case interview, most of the focus [...]

Consulting without Business Background

Question: I have been looking through your website very attentively over the past few days because I might be fortunate enough to have an upcoming first round interview with BCG. I am extremely interested in pursuing a career in management consulting; a lot of friends and family are either currently consultants or have been consultants [...]

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